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Majors Lorne and Ella Hiscock
Majors Lorne and Ella Hiscock

The true meaning of Christmas

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. --Luke 2:11

When Pope Julius I declared Dec. 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353, who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today? And when Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the first Christmas tree in America in 1832, who would have ever thought that decorations would become as glamorous as they are today?

Even before these two events that shaped what Christmas means today for most, there was a bright, special star that lit the dark night thousands of years ago letting the world know that Jesus the King was born. Usually, we don't celebrate historical figures as children, but in the case of Christ, it is appropriate.

When Christ was born, shepherds came to honour Him, wise men from the East brought Him gifts, and the earth rejoiced at His birth. These people who came to worship Him had no idea what Christ would accomplish as an adult. But they were right in travelling to worship the King because His birth was the most remarkable event in human history. Wise men and women today worship not only the Child of Bethlehem, but the Christ of Calvary.

As we approach the holiday season again, we are faced with yet another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization, to consider again the origin of Christmas — the One whose birth we celebrate. Let's not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus and trust Him as Saviour today.

Prayer challenge: Thank God for sending His Son that glorious night to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life, die on the cross for your sins, and rise from the dead three days later to give you eternal life through Him.


Merry Christmas from our house to yours and a Happy New Year.

Majors Lorne & Ella Hiscock

Salvation Army, Horwood Corps


Peace and goodwill to all

Warm Christmas greetings!

As you celebrate the Christmas Season this year, may it bring joy and comfort to remember that though the lovingly chosen and beautifully wrapped presents under the tree are important, it is the presence in the manger that makes the real difference in delivering peace and goodwill to all!

May you be wrapped in God’s radiating light and love this Christmas and always!


Rev. Stephanie McClellan

On behalf of the Lewisporte Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada

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