Sunday worship Sunday 30 December

Led by Mr Darryl Lomas

Reading Luke 2:25-35

Darryl thanked Pastor Blane for the ideas in his service.

As background to his service Darryl related the fact that in the 1950s and 60s Japaneses department stores looked to America for ideas how to make money at Christmas but chose a shocking central theme of nailing not Jesus on the cross but Santa Claus.

In the reading, Joseph and Mary had travelled to Jerusalem to take Jesus to the Temple. An old man and stranger (Simeon) led by the Spirit to go to the temple that day, approached Mary and Joseph recognising the child Christ and asked to hold him.   Simeon speaks of promises and prophesies, an early introduction to the death and sorrow to come in the life of Christ especially on the cross. He reveals there would be opposition to Jesus who will go on to be the salvation of the world not just for Jews but Gentiles as well.
There is no way to know how long Simeon had been waiting at the Temple but he represents how we, too, should anticipate the arrival of the Messiah. He feels comfort in holding the child and accepts the time is now right for him to die.

In celebrating the birth of Jesus we can recognise he came to share his life with us and we should realise that waiting in hope will not disappoint.

The presents that Santa brings are but nothing compared to the gifts from God.

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