Christmas Pastoral Letter from Rev Robert (Bob) Smith

23 Dec 2020 by William Tibben in: COVID-19 Updates

CHRISTMAS PASTORAL LETTER

Dear Friends

Because of the recent upsurge of Covid-19 infections and the heightened restrictions now in place we have been advised by the NSW Synod of the Uniting Church not to hold our Christmas and Sunday services by meeting together in the worship centre, but only to present them on-line. This means that the worship centre won’t be open on Christmas morning, as we’d planned, and neither will it be open next Sunday morning. The services, however, will still be pre-recorded and made available on our website and also on DVD.

Our production team will be meeting with Marilyn and me tomorrow morning to record our Christmas morning service, which will be available for you to view on-line on Christmas morning. We are calling it An Australian Christmas and it will feature some of the great Christmas poems from Australia’s past, as well as wonderful Christmas music, prayers and, of course, the timeless story of Christ’s birth. I think you will enjoy it.

We will also be recording the service for next Sunday, the 27th December. This, of course, will be our final worship service for 2020. It’s been quite a year, but the important thing is that life has gone on and the important things – faith, hope and love – are still with us as powerfully as ever.

So, make time again this Christmas to bow in wonder of that child in the manager, who was more than a child but was the incarnation of God – ‘He became what we are that we might become what he is.’

And also take a few moments this Christmas to make a phone call to someone you know who this year is alone and brighten their day too.

A very happy Christmas to you all.

Bob

Rev Robert Smith