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Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:33

2020 Christmas Messages from Leaders of the Christian Churches in Australia

Preparing Optimistically for Christmas.


Gracious God,

We give thanks, as with optimistic hearts, we are once again renewed by the Nativity scene of Christmas.

You are “utterly kind and unassuming”; as beloved Julian of Norwich learned in the Revelations you gave her of your Divine Love.

We see your ways in the eternal story of shepherds and magi, gathered with a young country couple, in that blessed stable of Bethlehem.

Preparing now for Christmas, we pray for your grace.

May we be utterly kind and unassuming ourselves.

Coming amongst us so vulnerably, baby Jesus in a manger, we see your risk taking ways in love.

May we also be risk takers in love.

“Behold, I bring you good tidings” was the message of your angels to the shepherds, watching their flocks by night.

May we also bear good tidings all the way to Christmas 2020 and beyond. 

We pray these prayers of our hearts in your holy name, AMEN.

 

Bishop Philip Huggins, President
National Council of Churches in Australia

(NB. In the Western Church, Christmas is celebrated on 25 December 2020. 
Most Orthodox Churches will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity on 7 January 2021.)

Download the PDF link below to read the 12 messages from Australian Church Leaders

pdf 2020 Christmas Messages from Australian Church Leaders media release (890 KB)

For more information, contact the NCCA Secretariat on 8259 0800

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