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"Joy to the World, the Lord is come." Happy Advent and Merry Christmas everyone!


As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as we enter into a season which is filled with hope, love, peace and joy, I cannot stop thinking about the many ways that Our Lord breaks into our lives each and every day. The sound of laughter among friends; the gentle offer of a tissue when another sheds tears; the gift of friendship and companionship in good times and bad: these are all ways that Jesus comes into our lives and the lives of others, as he works through his hands and feet, and hearts, here on earth. For, you see, we are the hands and feet and heart of Christ.  Each and every time we share compassion and friendship, generosity and gentleness, Christ is born again into the life of the one we reach out to.  In those very acts, we are causing the heavenly chorus to sing, "Joy to the World, the Lord is come!"


The Advent and Christmas Seasons are always hectic and joyous and filled with opportunities to get out into the world in ways that we don't seem to share in 'ordinary' time.  There are parties to attend, houses to decorate, gifts to wrap, baking to prepare.  The Church participates in all of these things but we also recognize that in the hustle and bustle we are called to step back and reflect on what all of this activity is about. We share in the fun and joyous round of parties. singing, gift-exchanging, but we do so as those who also recall that the greatest gift of all is the gift of Love given to us by God in His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We sing with vigour as we recall the incredible peace that comes to us when we acknowledge that Jesus has provided us with salvation and everlasting life.  We slow down to savour the taste of God's love in the Eucharist, which is sweeter by far than any Christmas recipe passed down from generation to generation.  In the Church we celebrate all that is good and right and wonderful as we sing together that indeed there is Joy in the World and the Lord has indeed come!


I would like to invite you to join us in our St. James' Family Christmas Celebrations. We will gather for liturgies and you are not just invited, but as with any Family members, you are expected at our table!


I look forward to seeing you all and wishing you a Merry Christmas in person!


God bless you and keep you in this Joyous Season and in the New, Year.


Rachael Parker+

Priest, Pastor, Rector - St. James Anglican Church (Armdale)