If you’re sat­u­rated by sleigh bells, try to find some time for ho­li­ness

Strathearn Herald - - FESTIVE MESSAGES 2017 -

Are you sat­u­rated yet?

From late Oc­to­ber the shops have been play­ing their Christ­mas mu­sic to get us all‘into’the Christ­mas spirit... but it’s a bit too much, isn’t it?

Cer­tainly we should all pre­pare for Christ­mas, and the day we cel­e­brate the birth of the baby Je­sus, our Saviour, but I’m not sure that sat­u­rat­ing us with sleigh bells will do the trick.

In the Bible, the an­cient prophet Isa­iah calls the com­ing Mes­siah - our Lord Je­sus Christ, the Holy One. And ‘ho­li­ness’is the main word used to de­scribe the very essence of our God.

It is not sur­pris­ing there­fore that the prepa­ra­tion for the Holy One’s birth would be sat­u­rated not in noise, but in ho­li­ness. God’s holy angel, Gabriel, vis­ited the vir­gin Mary bring­ing the good news of great joy, telling her that she would be with child and give birth to a son, and she was to give Him the name Je­sus.

The holy angel ex­plained to Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and the power of the Most High would over­shadow her. So the Holy One to be born was to be called the Son of God.

In this time of‘busy­ness’have you found any time for‘ho­li­ness’? Why not take a mo­ment to sit back and won­der about the events of that first Christ­mas? Be­ing sat­u­rated with ‘sleigh bells ring­ing’may lead to in­creased‘till bells cling­ing’but is that re­ally what Christ­mas is about?

This Christ­mas, why not put your feet up and have a quiet cuppa. Take a mo­ment for your­self to en­joy, and al­low the Spirit of God to come upon you. You may come to find that one mo­ment of still­ness leads to an eter­nity of peace. Have a won­der­ful time this Christ­mas, and please come to any of the ser­vices in any of the lo­cal churches.

With ev­ery bless­ing this Christ­mas.

Ser­vices Cri­eff Par­ish Church Christ­mas Eve - Morn­ing Wor­ship, 11am; Christ­mas Eve ser­vice, 6.30pm; Watchnight ser­vice 11.30pm Christ­mas Day ser­vice, 10am Com­rie Par­ish Church Christ­mas Eve - Na­tiv­ity Sun­day - united ser­vice with Dun­durn, 10am; Cra­dle Ser­vice, 6pm; Carols, 11pm; Wat­chinight ser­vice, 11.30pm Christ­mas Day ser­vice, 10am Dun­durn Par­ish Church Christ­mas Eve, Watchnight ser­vice, 11.30pm

Gra­ham McWil­liams - Min­is­ter, Com­rie and Dun­durn Par­ish Churches and Interim Mod­er­a­tor for Cri­eff Par­ish Church

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