I have enjoyed my first few months as Vicar in Yaxley, thank you for your warm welcome.
This year has been a journey in many ways, not least, travelling across the country to a new place, new church and new people. Our Christmas story is one of journeys, Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem, shepherds leaving their sheep, Wise Men travelling many miles. The focus of our story is a baby born and placed in an animal feeding trough. This baby was Jesus also called Emmanuel a word which means God with us. Jesus came to the world out of love for you and for me, to share his life with people and to enable people to come to know him and God his Father.
These journeys were not planned, they were inconvenient and difficult and this year may have been a hard one for you. It might also have been one of new and exciting opportunities. Wherever your journey has taken you this year, I pray you will know the peace that Jesus came to bring us and the love that is there for each one of us. Please join us over the Christmas season to celebrate afresh the birth of Jesus.
With every blessing for a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year