Minister's Letter - December 2017

Dear Friends,

What’s in a name? We are currently collecting signatures of people in the Church and its community. Visitors to carol services, customers in the Dovetail Café and all the groups who use the premises, are being invited to sign in charcoal or chalk on special paper.

Then come along on the morning of Saturday 20th January to the Dovetail Centre, when these names are going to be turned into a work of art – a dove – by an artist, Rev David Hollingsworth, who is skilled at community works of art. If you haven’t done so already, add your name and you will have contributed to the ‘dove’! Paper and materials are available in the Dovetail Centre.

So, what’s in a name? The angel who visited Mary announced: ‘You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.’

The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew name Joshua, or in Aramaic, Jeshua. It means: ‘God is salvation’. So, the name of Jesus, the child of Mary, tells us we are in the presence of God, the one who hears the cries of the world and comes to save us.

Another name Jesus is given is ‘Immanuel’; the prophet Isaiah writes: ‘a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him Immanuel’. The name means ‘God is with us’.

Christmas offers us a child, who is born to be ‘God with us’; Jesus, the Saviour. Bob McGee’s hymn proclaims: God with us, revealed in us, we call your name, Immanuel.

May God bless you this Christmas.