‘You can only see properly with your heart. Eyes don't see through to the essential.'

In this season of Advent, the Christian community is preparing for the celebration of Christmas. How are we going to prepare for Christmas? We will celebrate the fact that, in the town of Bethlehem, God became present in the form of a child. Every Christmas, through our celebrations, we re-enact the event in our hearts and minds. We exchange gifts, to show our love for each other; each gift a symbol of God’s love for us, shown in the birth and life of Jesus.

Lord, in all we say and do, may we be of service to You;

within our friendships and our families may we bring something of Your peace.

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas,

may we bring happiness to the lives of others.