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Pastoral Letter - 18th December, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How was your week? Did you light a candle? Well, believe it or not, it is another week in December, and let me take the opportunity to welcome you to the “joy of the Lord”. Let me first commend the Sunbeam Children’s Choir of the Wesley Congregation and all other children and their leaders for some excellent concerts last Sunday, December 11. As the children sang, danced, played music and more, many viewers began to reminisce about the traditional Christmas and the Christmas story. It was warming to see “old” faces from across the seas and locals alike basking in the sounds of the voices of children. Jesus indeed came and communed with and among us. What a feeling? The feelings of joy, peace and happiness are just part of what this the Advent season tends to bring to us, a deep reminder of our traditions, and to whom our traditions belong.

As the Angels sang, when they heard about the birth of Jesus, let us sing our Carols, play our music, and remember the Jesus who came. John 1: 14 declares,

“The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

When we sing and listen to our Christmas carols, it is a step closer to seeing God’s glory shine forth. It is a step towards the understanding of the Jesus mission on earth. It is understanding our journey through life and what is in the life to come. It is a beautiful journey that will bring us joy and happiness. Felix Ramon-Fortune, an ecumenical song writer penned,

“Sing a Song of joy.

Mary’s baby boy,

Helpless in a manger appearing,

Is our very God, the Eternal Word,

Our humanity sharing.”

Have a joyful day.

Rev. Stacia

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