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An Epiphany

A Special Message from Pastor Vernon

Old painting of Mary with Jesus sitting with the three wise men paying homage to the new born king with a shooting star across the sky in the background, as people gaze in aw and wonder.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? ...they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. "On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2

The past few weeks we experienced an Advent filled with preparation of our hearts and souls for our Christ who was born in Bethlehem and who is coming again. We heard words of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy which define the meaning of Christmas for us today. Many find the joy of Christmas tempered by the pain and hurt we endure in our own lives and observe in the world around us, which is why we joined together for a Service of Healing and Remembrance. We find peace in the darkness through the presence of the Light of the World, our Lord and Savior.

We heard words of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy which define the meaning of Christmas for us today.

Christmas Eve was wonderful with a warm and joyous worship experience, with Choir Anthems and Christmas Carols to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ. It was wonderful to see so many persons arrive on Christmas Day for Worship on this very special day, and to sing even more Carols. New Year's Day was much the same but with a reflective challenge of commitment through John Wesley's Covenant Service. We had the opportunity reflect on the covenant from our Lord and sign this agreement to remind us of our part in this faith.

In the Grace of Christ,

Pastor Vernon

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