2017 - A Christmas Message from Peter Holmes

 

Dear Friends:

I invite you to view the video as my Christmas message to you. I offer it with a grateful heart to God and to all of you for the privilege and joy of serving among you.

On the night before our very first Carols by Candlelight we'd had a group from the church over for dinner and in hushed tones one of them told the children, who were very young at the time, to be sure to open their eyes wide as they entered the church for the service, because they would never forget their first encounter with the glow of candlelight and the glistening Christmas trees at Yorkminster Park.

It wasn't just our eyes that were opened that night, but our ears also to the sounds of Gloria in excelsis Deo and our hearts came alive in new ways to the wonder of God's love at Christmas. Whether you have never been before or you have been twice as many times as me, I know that Carols by Candlelight will bring you closer to Christmas. I invite you to come and bring others this Sunday afternoon at 4:30.

The blessings of worshiping and serving in this place are great, yet as the message makes clear, we do face a significant challenge as we come to the end of our fiscal year. But Christmas reminds us that God is with us - Immanuel! We are not alone in the face of life's challenges. And as God has opened his heart to all of us, let us all consider how we might respond to support the ministries we share at Yorkminster Park.

If you are unable to bring your gift to one of the services, click here to use the secure Canada Helps website to make your donation. Thank you for your kind and generous support.

For more information on our Christmas services, please click here. It promises to be a great Christmas season at Yorkminster Park. I hope you will be able to enjoy it with us. We look forward to seeing you.

Blessings,
Peter Holmes

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