19 December 2020
It was the week before Christmas and all through the house everyone was being busy, even the little grey mouse.
Presents were being wrapped, the house made sparkly clean,
culinary delights prepared as though expecting the queen.
But in all the hustle and bustle, the frustration and joy,
someone had been forgotten, the birthday boy.
As everyone prepared for the holiday season,
they had mostly lost sight of holiday’s reason.
A gift had been given, a secret revealed,
a baby delivered, salvation sealed.
Let’s pause for a moment and open our eyes,
to see Jesus revealed in each of our lives.
Revel in His blessings, rejoice in His grace,
Praise His goodness, seek His face.
Then turn to your loved ones and shine His love in their lives,
For Christmas is the season for God’s love to be shared.
Dear Avondale Memorial Church, this festive season let’s focus on Jesus. Instead of trying to put Jesus as the centre of Christmas, let Him be the centre of our lives. Instead of trying to remind secular people that Christmas is about Christ, let’s reveal that the Christian life is about Christ by how opulently we love. God is love, so “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7).
Thank you for all the love you have shown me over the five years I have been at Avondale Memorial Church. I have been so blessed to know and serve you. I pray that God will continue to lead in our precious community and that His love will flow through you and light up all the dark places.
If you have not been coming to Church services on a Sabbath morning, you have been missed. With the easing of Covid restrictions, we can now fit 386 people in the Memorial Church and 510 in Plus One. The maximum capacity for our Sabbath School classes has also increased. This is great news. Please plan on attending one of our Sabbath church services in the coming weeks. We would love to see you at church.
Registration is still required, but only at the door on Sabbath. Pre-registration by telephone will no longer be available. Just turn up on Sabbath morning and register on the day. This is a government requirement as we need to record the names of attendees for contact tracing purposes. Please remember that while congregational singing is allowed, it is highly recommended that masks be worn. So please bring a mask with you on sabbath so we can all sing together.
This Sabbath, I will be preaching at Memorial Church. My sermon title is Christmas Night. We will also farewell Pr Susan as this is her last Sabbath with us as our Associate Pastor. A special nativity play written by Brendan Tucker will take place in Plus One. Paul McLean, will be sharing the Adult Sabbath School Lesson. I will also be sharing in Prayer meeting this week, and this will take place at 7.00 pm Wednesday evening, but only in person in the Function Centre.
Our opening and closing sabbath worship will be taken by Pr Susan and me. Please note that the opening and closing Sabbath zoom meetings will start at 7.30 pm. Details can be found below:
Opening Sabbath 7.30 pm Meeting
Closing Sabbath 7.30 pm Meeting ID
Please consider participating in our zoom meetings, we would love you to join us.
Finally, this will be our last Pastors’ letter for the year. We will be on holidays as of Monday, 21 December. I’ll be returning on 27 January 2021. Pr Nimrod Maua will start on 1 February and Pr Stephen Duncan will start on 18 January. The Church Office will also be closed till Monday, 4 January. Thank you for all your support and encouraging words in what has been a unique year. If you have an emergency, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Pr Steven Magaitis: 0410 609 119
Pr Susan Magaitis: 0405 277 250