carols2013Christmas draws out of us so many different emotions and it can be hard to handle them as they wash over us or take us by surprise. And it connects us to our deepest longings – longings for family, for belonging, for being recognised, longings for peace, for reconciliation for relationship, longings for a future, for a hope, for a destiny. All these desires are known by God, most perfectly presented to us in Jesus from Nazareth, and each of them in some way find their fulfilment in him. The carol “O little town of Bethlehem” put it like this, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

Each year we gather to light candles, sing songs and sip mulled wine, each warming the heart and reminding us that God has not forgotten us but loves us completely. I’m really looking forward to this Sunday evening when we will be holding our Carol Service by Candlelight. Come and join in if you can. Everyone is welcome!

Carols by Candlight – 7pm – St Michael’s Church.