Ministry Letter

Gareth writes... (December 2021)Rob Marsh

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’

John 3:16-17

Merry Christmas!  Well, it’s almost that time of year and I won’t get another chance to say this before it’s too late, so I say it again… Merry Christmas to you!

I’m not sure how you feel about Christmas.  People have very different feelings about this time of year for all sorts of reasons, but me, well I love it.  When I was little, I loved Christmas because, you guessed it… presents.  But as time has gone on, although I like receiving presents, Christmas has become so much more for me.  As a vicar it’s quite a busy season, and there is lots to celebrate.  It’s a season in which we give thanks: thanks for friends and family, thanks for what we have, thanks for kindness shown to us, thanks for God’s love and care.  But it’s more than this, it’s a season of celebration, of gathering with others to share our joy.

The above bible verses are perhaps some of the best known.  You might see a sign with ‘John 3:16’ on it at a sporting event.  It’s a passage that has inspired countless people over the years.  It’s a text the gives us reason to be thankful, to celebrate.  Ultimately, it is the meaning of Christmas in a nutshell.  A reminder that God isn’t some distant inactive being; rather one who is intimately concerned about each of us; that’s me and you.

I hope you manage to celebrate this Christmas.  To remember that you are loved more deeply than you can imagine.  So, for one final time…  Merry Christmas!  

God Bless Rob