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2019 Christmas Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia

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May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas
for the wonderful gift of Jesus and the joy He brings to our lives. 
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Bishop Philip Huggins, Elizabeth (Liz) Stone and the NCCA Staff.

“The love in which God made us was in God

from without beginning”

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Looking at the Nativity scene this year, I am mindful of Julian of Norwich’s insight from the vivid revelations of the divine love, which she received as a gift.

“The love in which God made us was in God from without beginning”, wrote Julian in 1373.

The eternal love of God then so fully embraces our humanity in the particularity of the Incarnation: at Bethlehem amidst the angels, the shepherds and the wise ones from the East.

God’s loving choice, then as now, is to be humbly present: intimate, courteous, giving us delight and assurance. As Julian conveys; so homely, so friendly, so lacking in pretence.

This is our God with us, our Emmanuel, who welcomes us in Jesus glorious and fair divinity.

In response to, as Julian conveys, “our fair bright, blessed Lord”, we might ponder afresh at Christmas the condition of our heart’s generosity.

For, as Jesus says, “From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Especially, at this crucial time when we know the human family simply must become a more benign and loving presence on this planet.

It is a time for generous hearts.

 

Bishop Philip Huggins, President
National Council of Churches in Australia

(NB. In the Western Church, Christmas is celebrated on 25 December2019. 
Most Orthodox Churches will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity on 7 January 2020.)

Download the PDF link below to read the 16 messages from Australian Church Leaders

pdf 2019 Christmas Messages from Australian Church Leaders v.20191220 (923 KB)

For more information, contact the NCCA Secretariat on 8259 0800

 

LOST CHRISTMAS

Where is the joy
  lost in our partying?
Where is the grace
  soured by frantic buying?

Where is the peace
  left by our hurrying?
Where is the love
  swamped by self-indulging?

Where is the bread
  ignored at our feasting?
Where is the wine
  drowned by our drinking?

Where is the Child
  displaced by pretending?
Where is the Christ
  left out of our giving?

God of Christmas,
  save us from despairing,
Emmanuel,
  shake us with your daring!

 

Bruce D Prewer
More Australian Psalms 
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