Christmas Letter from Rev. Deborah

Christmas 2015
I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day
in the City of David a saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth 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 heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’
(Luke 2: 10b-14)

We prepare, with joyful anticipation, for the birth of Christ into the world and the rebirth of Christ into
our hearts. In all of the activities and events of the Christmas season, the verses above give us a sense
of what the very first Christmas morning was like. We can only imagine…. A time of excitement, yet
serenity, a time of anticipation, then a realization of the most blessed gift that could ever come to
mankind… Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
When we think of Christmas we often think of gifts… The Magi gave gifts to Baby Jesus, but most
exciting of all is the gift that God has given us in Jesus Christ, Emmanuel – God is with us! We
celebrate the arrival of a new kingdom in the birth of this tiny King. His abiding presence in our lives
makes life new and joy possible.
We live in a time when many have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, a time when shopping,
presents, and parties take precedence over taking time to worship and praise God for the wonderful gift
of his child to each of us. I encourage you to keep Christ at the centre of your Christmas activities.
I hope you will pause throughout this season to meditate upon the gift that God has given us in Jesus.
And as we pause, we may find that we are compelled by God’s love to share that gift with others. I
hope that you will share God’s gift and love throughout the season.
In recent weeks you have heard of the wonderful work our St. Peter’s Outreach Team is doing as we
prepare Christmas bags of socks, toques and mittens for the homeless on the streets, footcare items for
the folks at Warmlands and personal care items for the women and children at WAVAW. You are
making it possible for Christmas to take place for so many that have so little. Thank you for allowing
God’s gifts to flow through you.
I look forward to spending this Advent and Christmas with you and I hope you will join us for worship
on Christmas Eve and throughout the season. Please invite family and friends and come to a place of
infinite love….The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan:
December 24 5:00 PM Family Service with Holy Communion
December 24 10:00 PM Christ Mass Service
December 25 11:00 AM Christmas Day Communion
December 27 10:00 AM Christmas Lessons and Carols
Yes, this Christmas we will exchange gifts as a sign of love and celebration, yet we know that
Christmas is meant for something much greater than receiving gifts. It is the season of giving. Please
find enclosed, an envelope for your Christmas offering. May you be blessed in your generosity as you
share a portion of your abundance with St. Peter, Quamichan, the wider church and the world, so that
many ongoing ministries may continue.
Felix and I send you our good wishes for the coming year and wish you a blessed Christmas filled with
hope, peace, joy and grace. May the love of Our Lord shine in your heart and may Christ reign in all
our hearts this Christmastide and throughout the year. Merry Christmas!
With love,
Reverend Deborah Rivet
The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan

See, your salvation comes,” the prophet wrote (Isaiah 62:11). God’s faithfulness to God’s promises calls us to a new hope, for the hope of eternal life is an inheritance that we can enjoy today in lives
of generosity and compassion, joy and peace.

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