Opinion

Christmas time celebrates more than just one day

By Riverine Herald

CHRISTMAS is a special time for many people.

Often it is a time for families to get together and celebrate.

Christmas really only happens on one day, Christmas Day, with some time after that, but we tend to celebrate Christmas well before.

December is certainly full of Christmas activities such as carol singing and feasting.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of God in human form in the man we know as Jesus.

God, Creator of heaven and earth, was prepared to be humbled and come from the divine sphere into our world made by God.

It is hard to get your head around this.

How could such a being do this?

I don’t think we will ever know how, but we certainly know why.

God loves the world so much that God entered the world as a vulnerable baby, lived on earth in Jesus, and was prepared to die for us so that we may have a restored relationship with God.

Because of Jesus we can live each day in the love of God.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

I love sharing with other people the joy of Christmas, the activities beforehand and the celebration of Christmas Day, and our Church loves to connect with the wider community to share this joy.

Here at Echuca Moama Uniting Church, on the corner of Hare and Pakenham streets, we are having a Christmas Festival this year.

By the time that you read this message we will be well underway.

We began our festival on December 9 when our Trailblazers children led worship and hosted a Christmas dinner followed that evening by a community choir led ‘Christmas by Candlelight’.

For five weeknights, from December 13 there will have been choirs singing on the church steps in Hare St.

A Festival of Christmas Trees will deck the hall during this time and they will be there for decoration for the Christmas Dinner organised by Echuca Moama Community Projects on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve at 7pm will provide the opportunity to be part of the Christmas Story in word, song and action in ‘Once upon a starry night’.

This family friendly worship service is an opportunity for children and adults alike to dress as characters in the Christmas Story and follow the star to Bethlehem.

The Christmas Day service at 9am will be a celebration of the birth of Jesus, who is the light of the world.

This service will not be a long service as we are mindful of those who need to travel or prepare food.

For both the Christmas Eve service and Christmas Day service an offering will be taken for the Act for Peace Christmas Bowl to provide food, shelter and dignity to families in need.

All members of the Echuca Moama community and further afield are warmly invited to join us in celebrating Christmas at one or more of these events.

Please contact our office if you would like more details.

May the spirit of Christmas, which is hope, peace, joy and love, be with you all.

Michele Lees

Echuca Moama Uniting Church

Christmas Service times

Christmas Eve 7pm

Christmas Day 9am