All about Mary
Church News | Sunday, 23 December 2018 |
The focus and theme of this morning’s service was all about Mary. Mary, a young, innocent girl engaged to be married who became pregnant and was encouraged to travel away from her home to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant in her advancing years… Two women who were both shamed and condemned one because she had been barren all her life and one because she was so young and had become pregnant out of wedlock.
No one knew of course that it was the will of God, that Elizabeth should bear a son called John who was destined to testify to God who was to come to earth in the form of man in Jesus Christ born of an innocent virgin called Mary. God came to earth as a human being in order to share with us our happiness, joy, our pain and suffering so that we might see Him more clearly…
The 4th Candle, known as the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love helps to announce the good news of the Saviour that was to be born in Bethlehem. And so that we can see that God so loved the world that he sent his only Son. A Son that came to save the world.
Later in the day St Mary’s church held its annual Parish Carol Service, in which we heard all our favourite Christmas readings and sang all our favourite Christmas Carols. In her address Revd Diana, said how wonderful and comforting Christmas is when we are assured that everything stays the same. The same readings that we hear year after year and we sing the same carols yet again. Just as we can be assured that God will come once again as a baby to the stable. The Holy Child, born to an unmarried mother, a refugee far from home, born in a cold stable and laid in an animal’s feeding trough. Even as a baby God came to earth as an outcast and would bear the weight of all our problems until the end.
The church was packed for the Carol Service and many stayed for refreshments and mince pies after, and to find out who won the two Christmas Hampers. And I am sure that many took the opportunity to admire the beautiful Christmas flower arrangements that had been set up around the church.