Posted: December 2015
At the last count, Aylesbury Methodist Church members came from 19 different countries of origin. Granted, four of them were England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales! None-the-less, we come from all corners of the globe — a globe in which there are some 80 million Methodists.
So it seems appropriate, as we celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, to wish you a 'Happy Christmas' in a choice of languages, as shown in the graphic. May you be blessed with the gifts of love, peace and hope and find fulfilment in the New Year. We look forward to being in touch with you again on 1st January in that New Year. Until then, here is a Christmas Day prayer:
Lord Jesus, Wise men traveled for miles to bring you the first Christmas presents. So may we, too, remember with thankful hearts the love that comes with each present we open. We also thank you for the amazing love you have for each of us, and we thank you for the many gifts that you give us. Amen
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