To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.
—1 Timothy 1:17
Wishing you a joyful and blessed Christmas from your friends at The Presbyterian Church in Canada! May your holidays be filled with the hope, peace, joy and love of Christ.
God is With Us in Unexpected and Unusual Places
On Jesus’ first arrival into the world, there was not enough space at the inn for a little baby and his travel-weary parents. The inn was too crowded, so Jesus was born in a manger among the animals.
The biggest event in human history happened quietly and inconspicuously. Not expecting the Messiah to be born to such a humble couple in an unexpected place like Nazareth, many people missed it.
It is also true in our time that Jesus continues to show up in unusual and unexpected places. Are we paying close enough attention to see where Jesus is appearing in the world and in our lives?
Christmas is a good time to reflect on how we make space for Jesus. Have we been so busy with the details of our lives that we’ve forgotten who we live for? Have we failed to invite Jesus into our homes because our guest list is already too full? Have we forgotten to set a place for him at our table because our to-do list has grown too long?
Remember, Jesus shows up in unexpected and unusual places. Let us be vigilant and make room for him because he is coming again.
—The Rev. Sybil Mosley, Livingstone Presbyterian Church, Montreal
Excerpt from the PCC worship bulletin covers
Christmas Message from the Moderator
In the Christmas season, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus was known by other names, names given by angels and prophets. Some of those names are: Emmanuel (which means “God is with us”), Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace, Bright Morning Star.
In the child in Bethlehem God has come to be with us, Emmanuel, to live among us. Jesus Christ knows what it is to be human and Jesus cares for us.
In those moments when we do not know where to turn, when the weight of our lives is too much to bear, Jesus the Wonderful Counsellor, is here to listen and to help us bear the load.
In a world where conflict is everywhere—conflict between nations, conflict between individuals, conflict between us and family, conflict between us and God, conflict with ourselves—into that world Jesus the Prince of Peace brings the startling peace that passes all understanding.
In the dark of hopelessness, the light from the manger in Bethlehem pierces the darkness, bringing light and hope to us, to our families, to our communities, and to the world.
This Christmas may you know the joy that Jesus—Emmanuel, Wonderful Counsellor, Prince of Peace, and Bright Morning Star—is born!
To all, I wish a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to find a church this weekend where you can “Come and worship, Christ the newborn King.”
—The Rev. Peter Bush, Moderator of the 2017 General Assembly