“do justice, love kindness,
and walk humbly with your God.”
Bring one friend…
I was putting together the diary for this month and I was taken by the number of extra events that will be happening in December: special services, school services, carol singing. Christmas is a wonderful time of year for so many reasons but the one I want us to reflect upon is the opportunities it brings.
I am fascinated in how Christmas draws people closer to each other and to God through His Son, Jesus, as we celebrate his coming into our world. The Christmas services we have in church are for some, a lifeline – a moment in time where they come and experience something different, something real about the God of the universe who comes to us as a vulnerable child – Emmanuel.
For many, Christmas is the only time that they will entertain thoughts of God and worship and our churches provide the opportunity to do so.
And this is also an opportunity for us. Liverpool Diocese is encouraging every member of every church to respond to its call to #bringonefriend. Each of us must have family members, friends, neighbours whom we care for so much but who do not share in our love of Jesus. Why not use this time of Christmas to invite them to join us. Now is the time to do so as so many people are open to the possibility.
The challenge for us is this: How important is our Christian faith to us? If we believe as I do, that the most important decision we will ever make in our lives, is to become a follower of Jesus, why is it that we don’t seem to want to share this with those around us, especially our loved ones and friends?
Why not take this opportunity to invite a friend to join you this Christmas. I know from my experience and that of countless others, that Christian Communities (ours included) can and do bring transformation to people’s lives. It is the greatest of Good News – Emmanuel, God is with us. This month we will have times of carol singing, Christingle, Toy Services, Nativities, Communion, Christmas Day celebrations. Are any of these worth inviting one friend to? If we all did this, our congregation would double and we would struggle for room!
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and pray that we too can come closer to God and each other. I look forward with excitement and anticipation as we welcome new faces through our doors and I also look forward to seeing more lives transformed. It is our privilege to share in this most wonderful work. #bringonefriend
Merry Christmas. Roland.