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Christmas Church Services
by Pastor Ken Graham
Alliance Church Woden Valley
Why do you celebrate Christmas? For some of us, no doubt, this
time of year is simply an opportunity to party. Yet perhaps we
should still ask, why do we have this celebration? If Christmas is
a special time, as the retail world assures us it is, then what is so
special about it?
In our family when the children were young, they would visit
Santa at the shops and sit on his knee. Meeting Santa was a bit like
meeting Bugs Bunny, a time of childhood fantasy and fun. But we
always taught them, from their earliest years the true meaning of
Christmas and taught them about Jesus and His birth.
Part of that involved our family gathering together to celebrate by
giving and receiving gifts under the Christmas tree. Then we would go
to a worship service to celebrate with others. We give gifts to celebrate
the gift we received, the gift that first Christmas, God gave His Son.
Those of us who had any Christian background will perhaps
remember the nativity play and recall the words "Away in a manger
no crib for a bed..." This is a romantic picture of a babe in the first
hours of life. We often forget that this child did more than just "goo"
and "gaa". He grew up and had a whole lot more to say and do in
this world that would change it forever.
This Christmas I would ask you to look again at what Christmas
celebrates. A birth is only it's starting point, it certainly isn't the end.
(Take the time this Christmas to consider the real meaning of the season)
Jesus of Nazareth was a unique person making unique claims.
He claimed to be God's Son and to have a special mission amongst
us. Jesus came to forgive and restore and offer us heaven and
abundant life here and now.
Why was Jesus born into this world? He came to be our Saviour.
There are many things we need saving from; war, hate, injustice,
racism, inequality. Yet these things in themselves are only indicators
of a far more basic need. Humanity needs to be saved from its
isolation from God.
During this time of Christmas carols and tinsel, would you take the
time to consider why Jesus was born. Let's allow him out of the
manger and into reality so that we can see Him as He really is today.
The birth of Jesus Christ is a wonder celebration because it speaks
of a God who loved us so much that He initiated a plan to restore us
from our alienation from Him.
When the baby grows up, we see an amazing Jesus we talk about
at Easter. Jesus surrendered Himself to a wooden cross, suffering
the death of a common criminal when he was totally innocent of any
wrong. To demonstrate Jesus' victory over death, God raised Jesus
from the dead - that is what we celebrate at Easter.
As you can see, what we celebrate at Christmas time is only the
beginning of a wonderful love filled rescue mission to deliver
humanity from its alienation from God.
How are you celebrating this Christmas? Are we sharing with our
children, a nice story or a central truth in our lives, that there is
a loving God who sent His Son so that we could have eternal life.
Wow -- what a different Christmas celebration that would be.
In our community there are many Christian churches celebrating
Christmas with worship on Christmas day. Why not visit one and
join in the celebration.
Part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance of Australia
Community Christmas Celebration
14th December 2014
4:00 pm - Children's Service
8:00 pm - Carols, Candles &
The Liberal Catholic
Church of St Thomas
Melba Place, Melba
11.15 pm Carols,
then Midnight Mass
10am Holy Eucharist
(Mass of the Nativity)
Holy Communion for all who wish to receive.
Vicar: Rev Dr Greg Connolly Ph: 6258 3898
Canberra City Corps
Cnr Fawkner & Elouera Sts, Braddon
ph 6248 7191
Belconnen Corps -- 9.30am
Cnr Ross Smith Cres & McIntosh St, Scullin
ph 6254 8901
Northside Corps -- 9.30am
104 The Valley Way, Gungahlin
ph 6242 6037
Cnr Anketell & Reed Sts, Tuggeranong
ph 6293 3262
Woden Valley Corps -- 9am
28 Ainsworth St, Mawson
ph 6286 6734
Queanbeyan Corps -- 9.30am
8 - 10 Morisset St, Queanbeyan
ph 6299 1138
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