The Inside Column 22/12

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Not long now…only three days until Christmas! So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them - Luke 2: 4-7

We know the story very well, but when I stop and think about it more deeply, I am always amazed at the mystery and miracle of it all. When we think about it the birth of a baby, born a long time ago, born in a land far away, to a peasant girl, you can’t but help to be amazed at how much this event changed the world.

Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, no-one can argue that this event that happened all those years ago changed the world for ever. The birth of this one baby, Jesus, changed the course of history. And I think at the heart of the birth of Jesus is love, a love that we can all know when we put our faith in him. It really is Good news for the world.

A big thank you to everybody that has helped in so many ways with the running of ST Barnabas in 2019, we would not have been able to do all the thing we do, without so many people giving their time and enagre to the life of St Barnabas. This is a great family to be a part of.

The last Sunday service for the year is on Sunday 29 December at 9.30am and we will continue to have one Prayer book led service at 9.30am through to 19 January. We return to our regular times of 8.30am and 10.00am on Sunday 27 January. There is no Wednesday service on 2 January. Wednesday Services resume at 11.00am 8 January. The Church office will close at noon on Friday 20 December and reopens at 8.00am Monday 20 January 2019. If you have an emergency over the holiday period please call 021 088 606 81

From all the staff team at St Barnabas we wish you all a happy Christmas, we pray you will have a safe and renewing holiday with loads of family and friends, and we look forward to see what God has instore for us all next year.

God bless you all this Christmas

Yours in Christ

Phil

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