CLERGY TEAM

   

Rector


The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

01689 856931

 jmath@btinternet.com

Associate Rector


The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
 01689 852843
revstephenbroadie@
gmail.com

Assistant Priest


The Revd.

Bill Mullenger

020 8462 9624
wsmullenger@
idnetfreemail.co.uk

 

December Leader

One of the traditional readings for the Advent season is the song of Mary, the “Magnificat’, which can be found in Luke 1. In the Magnificat Mary describes a God who is great and yet also good. She describes how God has performed mighty deeds, scattered the proud, and brought down rulers from their thrones. However Mary also sings that He has lifted up the humble, He has filled the hungry with good things, and He has remembered to be merciful. God is great but God is also good.

The birth of Jesus, the Son of God, on earth, will mean that suddenly world rulers like Herod, and later on, Pilate, are not as important as they thought they were. It will mean that the world will never be the same again. People, in fact, will always remember Jesus. After his birth, the years and dates will begin to be named after him. Churches will be built to honour him, Cathedrals and statues will be built, paintings will be painted of him, places and streets and towns will be named after Jesus and his followers. He will be known as one of the greatest people who ever lived. Even now, we are about to mark 2019 years since Jesus’ birth.

However at Christmas time, and in particular through Mary’s song, we are reminded that Jesus’ goodness was part and parcel of his greatness. At Christmas time we remember that God, in Jesus, came to live among people who had nothing. He came to be born in a stable, amongst animals, without suitable housing, probably without proper food or clothing, shut out of the inn, his birth unannounced in the news or at the courts. In his birth Jesus ‘lifted up the humble’. Mary and Joseph, a poor unknown couple in a distant corner of the earth became the most important people on the planet that night. And we know that when he walked the earth Jesus did in fact ‘fill the hungry with good things’, he did in fact prove that God had ‘remembered to be merciful’. In his birth, life, death, and resurrection, Jesus showed that his greatness and his goodness were inseparable.

The story of Jesus is a challenge to all of us, a challenge ultimately that if we will give up our lives to him, he offers us a life that is both great and good, the life of a child of God.

Stephen Broadie


FAITH AND WORSHIP

 

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