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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

'Christmas is coming...'

If this isn't stating the obvious, I don't know what is! But note: it is coming, it hasn't come yet.

I get a little frustrated when I hear people in the media talking about it being Christmas time as soon as we enter this month of December. What they overlook is the thought-provoking and reflective season of Advent, which this year begins on 1st December and then takes us through to Christmas.

Advent, a word which means 'coming' is a time most popularly associated with calendars and candles. It is traditionally a time of expectation and hope as we await the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of this pre-Christmas period, Advent calls us to stop and reflect and not to get too carried away by activities, special events and spending! After all, it must be a vital part of our mental well- being that we allow ourselves time to think about and prepare for all those important occasions and life events which have such meaning for us all in so many different ways.

Christians prepare to mark the most significant turning point in history, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ in the flesh into this world. His message continues to inspire and encourage many millions around the globe. At this time in our national life, perhaps, we can best prepare for Christmas and the General Election that precedes it by contemplating once again the message He came to bring.

May God bless us all this coming Christmastide and may we be constantly reminded of our many blessings in this festive season.

 

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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