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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

'Share the Star'

Is it just my perception or are Christmas lights appearing around the village earlier this year? If this is simply my impression, it is supported by a lot of talk on television about people wanting to brighten up these dull 'lockdown days' by putting up their decorations sooner rather than later!

As I write we have been given the news of potentially three different vaccines being rolled out in the coming months, which is the first real sign that there might be an end to many of the ongoing restrictions we all face at the present time. However before that, we are also faced with these many winter weeks with a very restricted celebration of Christmas.

From very early times there has been a need for some kind of mid-winter celebration of the light in the darkness of these days and people of different faiths still look forward to their respective celebrations today. For Christians the celebration of Christmas is preceded by the season of Advent , a word which means 'coming', when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ! It is a time of great expectation and anticipation as we make ready for all the festivities.

Traditionally here in Pulborough we light the 'Pulborough Star' at the beginning of Advent. This star, which shines out from the top of the church tower can be seen for miles around, reminding us all of the forthcoming festival. This year it will be lit up on Friday 4th December and we are encouraging everyone to 'share the star' by putting up stars in their windows from this night to supplement the decorations you may already have put up or will soon display. We want to light up our village, to remind us all that Christmas is definitely on and that nothing can get in the way of that outpouring of Divine love which Christians have seen in Jesus; a love which needs to shine more brightly in all of us this particular year. Please do post photos of your 'stars' on the church's special  facebook page.    

Although our church services wont look as they normally do, please come up to the church to visit our Christmas crib (see details in this magazine), light a candle for loved ones or for yourself and soak up something of the true joy and peace of the season.

May God greatly bless you and your loved ones this Christmas and fill you all with that hope we all need to embrace for 2021.

Take care and God bless.

With my prayers and best wishes,
Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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