2020 will go down in our generation as a year like no other. None of us would have ever expected it to turn out as it did. And no one would have ever expected a run up to Christmas where shops and restaurants would be closed. Our expectations of the events that lead up to Christmas have made all of us rethink what is important.

Some 2000 years ago the first Christmas was very different, in fact it was all quite unexpected! The Prophets had declared that a Messiah would come. The prophecies described the Deliverer as a faithful priest who would do God’s will (1 Samuel 2:35); a prophet selected from among the Israelites (Deuteronomy 18:15); and a humble king who would ride atop a donkey toward welcoming crowds (Zechariah 9:9). But everyone was expecting a warrior, a prince who would come to bring order to their oppression.

And then in a small town that very few thought to be significant, a teenage girl was told by an angel that she was pregnant, and her partner nearly left her because of it. An angel visited him as well to explain what was going on and so he stayed and cared for Mary.

The prophecies led to this moment in history, and yet no one could imagine that this baby would be it. The God who created the universe had sent his Son, Jesus, to earth, and at that very moment he upended everyone’s expectations.

And today, God continues to upend our expectations. Many expected, as they do year after year, that Christmas will be a time of shopping, eating, and drinking. But that’s going to look so different this year. Join us in the United Parish this Christmas as we explore our God who wants us to see afresh what Christmas is all about. It’s about his love, so deep for everyone, that he brings the answer to all our questions; Jesus – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.