Christmas Message from Bishop Peter Stuart
How will you describe 2020
What a year and we thought the challenges were behind us!
So many families are experience a different Christmas this year!
The travelling and gathering restrictions have reduced the ways people can get together. Many people will stay safe at home rather than venturing out to church or to be with others.
Its been a tough year and for some people, there have been some significantly dark days.
Yet the darkness we have experienced has not been without light.
We’ve seen amazing goodwill shown by those with skills and knowledge in medicine, science & health as well as people in every village, town and city.
We’ve seen that when we work together for the common good we are all enriched and our communities are safer.
One part of the Good News of Christmas comes through God’s messengers who sing out, “Peace on earth and good will among all people”
They pointed to Jesus and 2000 years on we know that he revitalised people’s understanding of serving others and making the world a better place.
His life and teaching were about love: about light in darkness: about hope in despair.
My prayer is that the truth of Jesus, first seen at Bethlehem, will be an encouragement to you and our communities this Christmas.
To you who are part of our Anglican parishes, agencies, offices and schools.
Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. You’ve been a blessing.
To everyone – May the blessing of Jesus be with you.
Bishop Sonia and Bishop Charlie join with me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.