Christmas Message from Rex Rigby
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Christmas 2014 wow what a year. It has been a year of blessings. However as we consider the blessings they are often flowing out of or through difficult circumstance. And even in those events where the blessings are hard to find we need to be reminded that God is still in control.
As I look back over the year, I want to note some of those blessings;
- The new Worship center for Life Church at Maryborough.
- The new Church building at New Beginnings, Bundaberg.
- The new Churches that were planted throughout the year across the country.
- The extensive renovations of the Horsley Hall, and the setup and establishment of the District office, National office & Kingsley Community Brisbane Hub.
- The National Pastors & Leaders Conference in March on the Sunshine Coast, where we were encouraged and inspired by the worship, the fellowship, the seminars and the many stories of grace of how God is opening doors to share Jesus within our communities.
- The Development of Excelsia College in Sydney,
- The many exciting special events one of which was the service that I attended with our affiliate Church in Samoa.
- The extensive work at ThreeSixteen Church renovating their property and hosting the SQ District Conference and Maitland Church hosting the NSW conference and all the encouraging district conferences.
- The new Kinsley Community centers sprouting up around the country.
- Our new missionary Rev. David Collins on deputation preparing for the Solomon Islands.
God is at work and I am inspired by the service of our people across the country who are giving themselves to the extension of the kingdom of God. Some of these people are doing it very hard in life and in ministry. They are a testimony of faithfulness and a witness for Jesus. For them and for all of you who make up the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia I give continual thanks to God.
Yes what a year, and now after a full year we find ourselves at the door of Christmas with carols singing in our ear like, Joy to the world.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
It is a season of joy and a season to celebrate. However sadly for many it is far from a time of cheer. And for many it can be an illusive dream. Trying to experience something that does not exist. I have never had a white Christmas, no pun intended. The idea of a white Christmas does not help us in Australia, maybe a stormy Christmas or a dry Christmas, or a hot Christmas. This is a little bit different from the Christmas that is sold to us in the shopping centers or on TV. Yes we can all learn to come back to the simple but profound heart of Christmas, which is celebrating the good news that the Lord has come into the world and that he is looking for a place to reside, not in a manger this time but in hearts that are open to Him to receive Him as king.
It is my pray that we would experience the profound simplicity of Christmas, Jesus filling every part of our presence and therefore impacting our actions as we live out the love of God in message and in deeds.
We have received so much let make it a season of giving.
Have a blessed Christmas
Rev. Rex Rigby.
Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia