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For someone on earth will see the star, someone will hear the angel voices, someone will run to Bethlehem, someone will know peace and goodwill: the Christ will be born!

excerpt from “Christmas Comes” by Ann Weems

My Friends and family of St. Mark’s.

As we gather together in the warmth of this festive season, I am reminded of the timeless message that has echoed through the ages – a message of hope, love, and the promise of renewal. Christmas invites us to reflect on the profound significance of this moment in time.

In the stillness of the winter night, we are drawn to the humble manger where a baby's cry pierced the silence, heralding the arrival of a Savior. This tiny, vulnerable child, born in a stable, brought with Him the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. As we exchange presents and share in the joy of the season, let us not forget the true essence of Christmas lies in the love we extend to one another.

In the true spirit of Christmas, may our generosity and kindness be a source of comfort to those journeying through hardship. Together, let us create a tapestry of compassion that blankets our communities with warmth and love.

In the midst of the busyness of the season, take a moment to ponder the miracle of Christmas. In the quiet moments of reflection, may you find joy in the company of loved ones, solace in the beauty of traditions, and a deep sense of gratitude for the gift of life.

May this Christmas be a time of profound meaning and connection, where the love that was born in a manger centuries ago continues to illuminate our hearts.

My friends, for this Christmas season, along with my family, we extend wishes for a blessed and joyous Christmas filled with love, peace, and the mystery of the season.

With Love and Blessings,

Rev’d Sandra.