All Saints' Parish Church                         
Eglantine Road, Lisburn.       



We are now journeying through Advent, and towards Christmas. This is an important and significant time of the year, as it is that period of the calendar when we think and reflect on the fact that God has entered our world to be one of us and share our full humanity; Emmanuel; God is with us and for us. It is so reassuring to know that we have a God who truly knows what it is to be human, because in Jesus he has experienced the full human experience; friendship, grief, hunger, thirst, rejection, laughter, waiting and fear. And yet it is a time when we are so busy, and in the midst of that busyness we sometimes miss the significance of who and what we are celebrating. Just imagine if the shepherds were too busy with their sheep or if the Magi were too busy reading their books. Not only would they have missed the most important event in human history, we too would have been deprived of these events and their witness to the miracle of God coming to us, as one of us. This Advent, may we prepare our hearts for the coming of this wonderful gift into the world. Let us take time to truly reflect on the Christmas story – may we hear the angel voices, journey with Mary and Joseph, worship with the Magi and put the Christ – Child at the centre of our celebrations. With every blessing for Advent, Christmas and the New Year,

Rev Jason