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Christmas message from the Bishops of Bath & Wells

The Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Taunton today release a Christmas video message for 2016.

The Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Taunton today release a Christmas video message for 2016.

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Rt Revd Peter Hancock says Christmas is a time to reflect and to give thanks for God’s blessings in our lives. He reminds people that the real meaning of Christmas cannot be found in the presents, food or at the office party.

Bishop Peter says: “I am reminded by what Charles Dickens said, he said: ‘I am going to honour Christmas every day of the year.’ Christmas isn’t just about one day, it’s about having God’s love and presence with us throughout the year.”

In her video message, the Bishop of Taunton, the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, says she has no idea whether the gifts she has sent to her sons in Scotland will arrive in time and that in one sense it “doesn’t really matter”.

Bishop Ruth says: “I’ve sent presents to my boys in Scotland and I have no idea whether they’ll get them for the big day or not. But in one sense it doesn’t really matter… in fact it’s the birthday of Jesus himself and it should be him that gets the presents. But actually, we mustn’t miss out…on what Christmas is really all about. It’s not the ‘presents’ with a ‘T’, it’s the ‘presence’ with a ‘C’: the fact that God is with us here in this world; that’s the real presence of Christmas.”

 

 

 

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