Happy New Year, All Saints Whānau!
As Guy mentioned last week, we've once again reached Advent, the beginning of the church calendar, when we wait for the arrival of our most powerful God in a most humble form as a baby. Even though this happened over 2000 years ago, we still choose to wait on God through this pre-Christmas period, but with certain hope that Jesus is coming. I use this time as a reminder that waiting is an inevitable part of life, though it can be challenging. From the simplicity of waiting to eat the advent calendar chocolate each day (opening all the doors on the first day is generally frowned upon...) to waiting for healing or restoration, or interceding for those who are; waiting is an important part of life and a place where God meets us in a different ways. So if you're in the midst of waiting at present, I encourage you to invite God into that space and to hold onto the certain hope that God is with you, God is good, and God has never given up on his people.
We have several Christmas services and activities coming up, so have a think about what will best help you to reconnect with the Christmas story, and who you might invite along also. God came to earth for you, but also for your neighbour. If only they knew that!
Enjoy this festive build up to Christmas - it can be an awe-filled time. May God bless you deeply.