In his Christmas greetings message to the Diocese in Europe Bishop Robert offers a note of hope and encouragement despite his observation that “The year ends with the world having become a more difficult and dangerous place.”
In his letter, the Bishop speaks of the apparent vulnerability and helplessness which can be transformed by Christ. He writes; “It is about God entering a world of darkness and danger and seeking to transform it from within. The Birth stories are compelling because they so skillfully juxtapose the supremely innocent and vulnerable baby with the earthly reality of hostile and menacing powers. To celebrate the Christian Christmas is to immerse ourselves again in God’s plan to save the world.”
Bishop Robert concludes with thanks to the many people who sustain the life, mission and ministry of our vast diocese; “To those who sustain our worship over Christmas I give my warm and sincere thanks: to our clergy, lay readers and leaders, musicians, flower arrangers, welcomers, wardens, caterers and cleaners.”
The full version of his Christmas message can be found here MESSAGE2016
Please download the message and feel able to pass it on in church newsletters, pew-sheets and other forms of Christmas greeting.
(A Word version of the message if available for anyone who has difficulty with the PDF format above) MESSAGE2016WORD