As we gather to celebrate Christmas, another year has passed with many events, public and private, touching our lives in different ways. No doubt this year has brought joys and sadness in different measure to each person, all colouring our memories of 2014.
Traditionally, we see Christmas as a time of peace and joy, a time to celebrate with family, with friends and loved ones. We do hope that your Christmas will have something of that peace, joy and celebration. Such joyful celebrations may not be possible for some. You may have lost a loved one since last Christmas, or you may be overburdened by money worries, family problems or for many other reasons. If you are, we want to assure you that, as a parish community, we do care and offer you our support.
At St. Paul’s we have seen some exciting changes occur as we near the ending of the year. We have a new church sign that will enable us to proclaim our message more effectively. We are also putting the finishing touches on our new website that will show the world what a dynamic place St. Paul’s is. We have also introduced a new logo and produced the first of our brochures to help us reach out to those who have not discovered our warm, caring parish. (You can see the logo on our letterhead.) But stay tuned – we have more exciting things coming your way as we strive to be a growing parish serving our community and promoting God’s mission for us.
Many people have been involved in bringing about these initiatives. We give thanks for the many parishioners who have given generously of their time and talents in making this parish such an energetic, faith-filled community.
Maybe the Christmas message this year is a challenge for all of us to become more involved. It is not so much a question of giving more; it is a question of giving more of ourselves. After all, that’s what God was doing when he got involved with us and our world at the first Christmas. Christmas belongs to believers, to those who believe that Jesus Christ, Son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary to reconcile us to one another and to the Father. This is why he came. God will fill us with his peace if there is room in our lives for him.
Thank you for helping us along the journey. May you be blessed with peace and joy at Christmas and in the New Year.