Parish Magazines
 
Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,

The most wonderful time of the year?

"Ha!”, I hear some of you cry. "It was all very well for Andy Williams to sing about Christmas being ‘the most wonderful time of year’. He didn’t have to do all the things that I’ve got to do between now and 25th December!”

For many, Christmas is stressful. Diaries are groaning under the strain of concerts, school plays, church services, office parties, family and friends arriving and departing, shopping, meal preparation and so much more besides. For others, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time. Some will spend it alone. For some, it will be the first Christmas without a loved one, or after a sad or painful life event.

In spite of these very real situations, I still believe that Christmas really is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ – not because, in the words of Andy Williams’s song, of "jingle belling, parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, or much mistletoeing”, fun though all of those things may be. No, I believe that this really is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ because of this message, spoken by an angel to some shepherds who were keeping watch over their flocks,

‘"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”’ Luke 2: 10-14 (ESV)

God, in Jesus Christ, becomes one of us. He feels pain and sadness. He walks with us in and through our brokenness. There is no ‘fake news’ here, only Good News – especially for those who find Christmas and the New Year difficult. Emmanuel – God with us.

There are numerous services taking place before and during Christmas, to which youare warmly invited. However you come – happy or sad – you are welcome. On behalf of everyone at your parish church, I wish you and yours a peaceful and blessed Christmas and New Year.

With love,

Scott

Revd Scott Watts

Team Vicar




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