Christmas Message From the Rector


By Barry Parker, Rector (Senior Pastor)

Posted on December 22, 2016

Whether you are here with us for the first time or have been coming to St. Paul’s for years, we are happy you have joined us this Christmas. Together we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The King is Here!

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5)

These words have been shared at Christmas for generations. They are powerful because of who they point to. This Jesus, the King, whose birth we celebrate is so much more than a cute, little baby. The birth of this infant, this God in the flesh, changed human history and more human lives than any other birth.

This wasn’t a birth only located in time 2,000 years ago. Jesus existed in the beginning with God, everything was created through him, Jesus gave life to all. What an astounding, overwhelming reality. It is hard to comprehend.

In the world we live in it is easy to focus on the darkness. We have just passed the darkest day of the year and all forecasts point to a cold, harsh winter. There are parts of our world that are beset by the evil darkness of murderous civil war, bombings, and all sorts of tragedy. And yet, we still long for the happy, innocent perspective on Christmas many of us experienced as children. The warmth of family and a deep sense of blessing prevailed. So how do we reclaim that?

Focus on the light!

In this time of darkness, we are reminded this infant Jesus is in fact THE light. He is the King of glory, a light that cannot be extinguished. He is a gift for all people—not just some.

The light that Jesus, the King, brings into the world is the love of God that pervades our dark world. And nothing can separate us from this love or this light.

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

This Christmas, look to the light. See the glory. Lean into that future that is grounded in the birth of Jesus. The King is Here!

In Christ,

(The Rev. Canon Dr.) Barry Parker

Rector (Senior Minister)

If you would like to learn more about this King Jesus or have questions about life, faith and God consider joining us on Wednesday, January 18 for our next Alpha experience. This is an opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere where all questions are valued and received. If you are seriously considering Alpha in the New Year, we would love to offer you a booklet by Nicky Gumbel that will give you a sense as to what happens when we ask questions about hope, meaning and purpose. Please ask for one at St. Paul’s Central, the information hub in the glass Atrium or email alpha@stpaulsbloor.org.