Rector's Ramblings  -  Messages and Messengers

These days we have so many different ways we can communicate with each other - more so than at any time in history.  In years gone by (but not so many years ago) if we wanted to get in touch with someone it either involved using a phone (at home or maybe even in a phone box) or writing a letter.  If it we wanted to get an urgent written message to someone we might have sent a telegram. 

If an important event happened somewhere in the world, we relied on radio, TV or the newspapers to get the information about it.  These days we only have to glance at our smart phones, tablets or computers and we can find out virtually anything we want to.  Within minutes of something happening, it is all over the internet and Twitter and Facebook (or whatever social media you may use).

We may have more access to information than ever before, but the flip side is that we are also bombarded with messages from those who are trying to get our attention - usually in order to sell us something.  When you live in the countryside as many of us do, there is a distinct lack of advertising boards.  On a recent trip to London I noticed that there are adverts everywhere you look - especially on the underground.  There are messages galore - all trying to tell you something, attempting to convince you that you need what they are offering.

At the time of Jesus' birth, ways of communicating were a bit limited.  So how would this world transforming event be announced?  Angels, God's messengers would be the ones to announce the good news.  If you've got something that important to broadcast then you can't get much better than angels!  And not just one, but a whole host of them.

A recent survey revealed that many people do not know or understand the real Christmas story.  This Christmas people will as usual be bombarded with messages.   Let us hope and pray that through our events, services and conversations they will hear the message that the angels first declared: "Good news for all people. Today a Saviour has been born!".

May you have a very happy and blessed Christmas.

Rev Phil Michell

Future Events

Mon Feb 26 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Feb 27 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Feb 28 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Mothers' Union Meeting
Mon Mar 05 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 07 @ 1:15PM - 01:45PM
Funeral of Raymond Denning
Fri Mar 09 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Quiz night
Mon Mar 12 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Mon Mar 12 @ 7:15PM - 09:00PM
Deanery Synod - making your buildings work - loos and shops
Tue Mar 13 @ 1:00PM - 01:30PM
Memorial Service for Richard Edminson
Tue Mar 13 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Lent Course
Wed Mar 14 @10:15AM - 11:15AM
Hulland Home Communion
Wed Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Funeral of Flora Dawkins
Wed Mar 14 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Atlow APCM
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Messy Church meeting
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hognaston Church Coffee Morning
Sat Mar 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Hulland Spring Fair
Mon Mar 19 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Lent Lunch
Tue Mar 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hulland School Easter Service at Church
Tue Mar 20 @12:00PM - 12:30PM
Mid Day Med