The Inside Column 18/12

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

One week to go until the big day, or seven sleeps to go as my children keep telling me. If this is your last Sunday before you go away for the holidays the team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and hope you have some great times with family, friends, these holidays.

This week we are going to be looking at Mary the mother of Jesus. Mary was a young girl, probably only about 14 or 15 years old when the angel Gabriel came to her. She had recently become engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. Mary was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage. Suddenly her life would forever be changed.

Mary was fearful and troubled in the presence of the angel. She could never have expected to hear the most incredible news — that she would have a child, and her son would be the Messiah. Although she could not comprehend how she would conceive the Saviour, she responded to God with belief and obedience.

Although Mary’s life held great honour her calling would demand great suffering as well. Just as there is pain in childbirth and motherhood, there would be much pain in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah. Mary must have known that her submission to God’s plan would cost her. If nothing else, she knew she would be disgraced as an unwed mother. She must have thought that Joseph would divorce her, or worse yet, he might even have her put to death by stoning. Mary may not have considered the full extent of her future suffering. She may not have imagined the pain of watching her beloved child bear the weight of sin and die a terrible death on the cross. Still, she willingly submitted to God’s plan.

Can we willing accept God’s plan? Can we even rejoice in God’s plan, like Mary did, when we know that it will cost us dearly?

When the angel appeared and told Mary he baby would be God’s Son, Mary replied, “I am the Lord’s servant … may it be to me as you have said” - Luke 1:38.

I will be away on holiday from Monday 26 December returning on Monday 23 January. The church office will be closed over this time as well. If you are in need of assistance over the holiday period Angela Galbraith and Kathy King will be available.

Wishing you every blessing this Christmas

Philip

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