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A Place of Hope

Happy Christmas All Saints and St Marys

After all that waiting we are here. Christmas Eve. Christmas Day – A Whole Christmas Weekend. A weekend of celebrations around this world changing, life changing moment that impacts our daily lives as we learn to be with others in Gods name.

As I think about placing all of those people in the stable I try to reflect again about their story and who they are and why they might be there. Mary, Joseph, Angels, The Magi and Shepherds. As I again imagine that child born in Bethlehem, I think of them all, and the story that they still have to tell us. What would they whisper to me? What would they lean close to tell you?

The crib lies empty only a little longer, we are now so close to the good news that starts in that place in the middle east and then reverberates around the world. What makes this moment, this incarnational centre, the most critical of festivals for me, is that Christians believe that God does not remain other, but becomes one with. Simple. Yet mind blowing. Ridiculous, but also so obvious. Terrifyingly beautiful. There is a prayer that captures perhaps part of that paradox – we pray it at Midnight Mass:

Welcome all wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span. Summer and Winter, day in night, heaven in earth and God in Man. Great little one whose all embracing birth brings earth to heaven and heaven to earth.”

For a moment those words take us to a different place. A place of possibility. A place of hope. Emmanuel. God is with us.

Happy Christmas everyone.


Saturday 24th December - Christmas Eve


Family Carols and Christingles

St Marys


Carols by Candlelight

All Saints


Midnight Mass

St Marys

Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day


Holy Communion (said)

All Saints


All Age Family Commuinon

St Marys


All Age Family Communion

All Saints

THE WEEK AHEAD Wednesday 28th 09.00am – Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Church Thursday 29th 10.00am – Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church Sunday 1st 10.00am – Creative / Open Church at St Mary’s Church 10.30am – Holy Communion with Baptism at All Saints Church

Please find attached the weekly sheets and Roots materials.

Revd Lizzie

Revd Lizzie Kesteven

Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds

Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery

Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese

0117 9650856


25th December 2022 Email Notice Sheet
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St. Marys Notice Sheet 25th December
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