Once again our church and centre has been privileged to host many different groups over the last few days. It was a delight to hold our community carol service once again on Sunday evening, a typically advent bitter/sweet affair as together with the joy of anticipating Christmas, we had the sad task of saying the first of a number of goodbyes to Mike our curate.
Earlier in the day, in our morning service, we reflected on the experience of the shepherds, a sub-section of society who lived on the edge and were regarded with suspicion by all who encountered them. Yet this unlikely rough bunch were entrusted by God with the first sightings of the Christ child, another example of the revolutionary nature of God, attaching value to the most unlikely (in the terms of the world), things and people.
To close, as well as wishing you all a restful, peaceful and joyful Christmas, I’d like to leave the final word to an anonymous guest who we hosted last Monday night at the night shelter, and who on the following morning left behind this poem of thanks. May we too, be inspired to be thankful for the blessings both big and small that we receive, and look to share our gifts with others.