As we prepare to celebrate the festive season it's easy to get wrapped up ( excuse the pun!) in all the present buying, partying, visiting and imbibing and eating but miss the real reason why we are celebrating.
Christmas starts with Christ - Jesus is the greatest gift that we could ever hope for.
At Christmas we remember that God broke into space-time history and became a human being in the baby in a manger. He came to show us how to live and by dying as our Saviour he has given us a new way back to friendship with the God who created us.
Jesus is indeed "Emmanuel"- God with us - he came so that we might know and experience life in all it's fullness This is the real reason why we celebrate Christmas! - it's the greatest story ever told and we can be part of it - if we let Jesus into our hearts and lives this Christmastime.
So by all means have a great time - but don't forget that Christmas starts with Christ - so come and join us at St Stephens as we worship him ! He's the best gift you will ever ever receive
Blessings in Jesus,
John 1 v12 " but to those who received him to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God"