The Inside Column 7/12

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Good morning and a warm welcome to all.

Are you ready for Christmas? Normally when this question is asked we can point to a number of things to gauge our readiness. Do we have our tree out and decorated? Did we send out our Christmas cards? Do we have everything wrapped? As we go through the Christmas season, we can check off everything that gets done. However, this is not what I am referring to when I ask the question, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I am referring to the spiritual aspects of the season.

In all the gospels, we are given a picture of John the Baptist who comes before Jesus Christ and gives the people a message to get ready for the coming King…

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matthew 3:1-10.

Prepare, Confess, Repent, Produce – Are you ready for Christmas?

Talking about being ready, here are the dates and times for Christmas Services:
9.30am Sunday 21 December
Combined Christingle Celebration Service
followed by Christmas Morning Tea.
11.00pm Wednesday 24 December
Christmas Eve Candlelight Carols Communion
9.30am Thursday 25 December
Christmas Day Family Communion Service

Please note: On Sunday December 28,
January 4 and 11 there will be only one service at 9.30am.

Yours in Christ
Philip

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