Hi Church Family,

Christmas is behind us and New Years is ahead.

Christ came. God himself, in the person of Jesus, dwelled among us, as one of us, and then died, rose, and ascended. The cheer of Christmas might occur on a fixed day, but the reality of Christmas is every bit as true today as the day we come together to open presents.

We are called to live on. History, and our lives in this age, are not yet over. The decisive event has happened in the coming of Christ, and because of that first Christmas event, there’s now “work” to be done, in us and through us. New days come. New years come. And God calls us to build our lives – through years not yet unfolded – on the cheer of Christmas. We are called to bring that great unchangeable Christmas past into the present and live a different future because of it.

For this reason and to this end we receive this simple and significant New Testament blessing:

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

From Christmas into the new year and beyond. So one decisive divine action in the past, fuels the engine of the present to energise new life (our lives) and fresh strength for the times to come.

God is with you. Have a most blessed 2021.

In His service,

Pastor Roelof

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