A great break comes in the Books of Isaiah at the end of Chapter 39. It is like passing from the storm clouds to the sunshine. It is as if a pneumatic drill has stopped and the peace and quiet that follows is in such contrast. You get used to the noise and then suddenly it stops. During chapters 1-39 Isaiah uses a pneumatic drill. He keeps hammering at them the judgement of God. At the end of Chapter 39, suddenly the prophecies are quite different; the whole atmosphere is quite different.
The first word of Chapter 40 give us the theme for the rest of the book – “comfort”. The word “comfort” does not mean coddle. It literally means to be “with strength”. Strengthen my people, fill them with fortitude, fill them with courage – this is what Isaiah means by “comfort”. Chapter 40 to the end deals with comfort not condemnation; pardon not punishment; peace not war.
Christmas is about ‘comfort’ the comfort of knowing that God is with us. No matter what happens to us – Immanuel – God 0 is with us.
This Christmas we will be sharing services with St Mary’s. On Christmas Eve St Mary’s will join us at our 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion. On Christmas morning there will be no service in St Mark. The Christmas morning service will be a joint Holy Communion service in St Mary’s at 10.30am.
Thank you to all the people who worked so hard to make the Christmas Bazaar such a success. The sale realised the total of £1508.80. Thank you also to all the people from our local community who supported the sale.
God bless you all this Christmas and 2015