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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, December 23, 2012 47 P U B : S U N D A Y D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 7 C O L O R : C M Y K Hope shines at Christmas ARCHBISHOP Oscar Romero, a 20th century Christian martyr killed by the powers that ruled El Salvador, once said that we are called to be Easter people in a Good Friday World. It might benefit the world too if we were able to be Christmas people in a world that too often descends into darkness. Christmas shines a light of hope into a world that so often feels weary with darkness and despair. We have just watched as 20 small children were gunned down in the US, and we are all too familiar with pain and tragedy much closer to home, in our own families and in our own lives. In among all of this we are told, there is still hope. For a young girl in Palestine, 2000 years ago a long way from home and family there is hope that things will be OK. For shepherds, unloved and unwanted by everyone, there is hope that things will improve. For executives and politicians and asylum seekers and long-grassers, for you and for me, for all of us, the Christmas story is a story of hope that things dont have to be this way, that things will get better. The Christmas stories are not about a spectacular series of miraculous events that happened in the past that we need to believe in for the sake of going to heaven. Rather, the Christmas stories are about Gods passion, Gods dream, for a transformed Earth. And the invitation of Christmas is for us to live as though the stories were true so that underneath the wrapping paper, underneath the fiction and the fantasy, behind the tinsel and the lights we might just get a glimpse of the hope that can bring life and change and healing. Wishing you a hope-filled and happy Christmas and a New Year filled with more of the peace for which we all long. Reverend Jeremy Greaves, Christ Church Anglican Cathedral Darwin Live life by lawof love Bishop Eugene Hurley, Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin HOW can a good God coexist with such evil? Often in our lives we are tempted to ask this question. This is especially so when someone loses a child or a loved one; when sickness strikes us or a loved one, or when someone suffers a crippling disability. We read of mass shootings and brutal wars. People are prepared to kill others to maintain power or to effect payback. How can we believe in a good God when such things happen? Well, we are about to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the person who brings the presence, love and demands of God to us, as He shared our humanity. The request that Jesus makes is that we must love one another as He loves us. This helps us reflect on that question we keep asking. If we are to love, then we must be left free. We cant force people to love. If we did, then it is not love at all, because love is something that we freely decide to do. It is a decision we make. The scary reality is that we can also decide not to love. So, when we decide not to obey the law of love as modelled for us by Jesus Christ, then we add to the brutal chaos of our world. Perhaps we should not be asking so many questions of God, but of ourselves and each other. Why do we decide, so often, not to do the loving thing? As we celebrate Christmas, lets be serious about renewing our love of God and one another. There is no other answer to the awfully sad things we see in our world that are the result of brutality and injustice that we inflict on one another. May the Prince of Peace bring peace to our hearts, and joy to our lives, helping us strive in a new way to love one another as we celebrate the beautiful feast of Christmas. Copy supplied by Bishop Eugene Hurley Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Corner Emery Ave & Harrison Circuit, Palmerston CHRISTMAS EVE 7:00pm Childrens Mass 12:00am Midnight Mass CHRISTMAS DAY Mass 8:30am Mass 6:00pm t Christmas Ceremonies Catholic Diocese Of Darwin 2012 ST. MARYS CATHEDRAL Christmas Eve: 6:30pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 7:30am / 9:30am /7:00pm ST MARTIN DE PORRES Christmas Eve: 7:00pm / Midnight Mass HOLY SPIRIT, CASUARINA Christmas Eve: 5:45pm / 7:00pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 8:00am / 9:30am PALMERSTON Christmas Eve: 7:00pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 8:30am / 6:00pm HUMPTY DOO Christmas Eve: 7:00pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 9:30am ST PAULS, NIGHTCLIFF Christmas Eve: 6:30pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 8:30am / 10:00am Italian Mass HOLY FAMILY, KARAMA Christmas Eve: 7:00pm / Midnight Mass Christmas Day: 9:00am / 10:30am CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL 2 Smith Street (Waterfront End), Darwin Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 6.30pm: Childrens Service & Blessing of the Crib. Short service with Christmas songs, a story and childrens activities. Come dressed as a character from the Christmas story. 11.30pm: Christmas Midnight Service Christmas Service with Carols, candles and holy communion Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 7.30am: Holy Communion with Carols 9.00am: Holy Communion with Carols Christmas Service with carols, childrens programme and holy communion ST PETERS NIGHTCLIFF Corner of Trower & Sabine Roads, Millner Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 5.00pm: Family Service with puppets and Christmas finger food 11.30pm: Holy Communion Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 9.00am: Family Service with Holy Communion THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Bees Creek Road, Freds Pass Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 5.00pm: Crib Service and informal Communion (very family friendly) 11.00pm: Midnight Mass (formal, with incense) Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 9.00am: Eucharist (no incense) ST JAMES (SANDERSON) Van der Lin Service Drive & Jarvis Street, Malak Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 6.30pm: Family Service 11.30pm: Holy Communion Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 9.00am: Holy Communion THE CHURCH OF ST LUKES (PALMERSTON) Cnr Victoria Dr & Priest Cct, Gray Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 5.30pm: Family Service 11.00pm: Midnight Service Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December 9.00am: Christmas Day Service Christmas Services Anglican Church THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA Christmas Services Congregations across the Darwin area invite you to share with them in Christmas and New Year Services Casuarina 47 Vanderlin Drive, Wanguri Christmas Day 9.00 am in the church Darwin Memorial 78 Smith Street, Darwin Christmas Eve 7.30 pm Carols and readings in candlelight Christmas Day 9.30 am Christmas Celebration Indonesian Missionary Cummins Street, Nightcliff Christmas Eve 7.30 pm Service with Childrens Nativity Christmas Day 9.30 am Combined with Nightcliff New Years Eve 6.00 pm Holy Communion with shared dinner New Years Day 9.00 am Service LIVING WATER Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo Christmas Day 9.30 am Service NIGHTCLIFF 21 Cummins Street, Rapid Creek Christmas Eve 7.30 pm Service with Childrens Nativity Christmas Day 9.30 am PALMERSTON Tilston Avenue, Palmerston Christmas Day 9.00 am Service PHILADELPHIA INDONESIAN Koolinda Crescent, Karama Christmas Eve 8.00 pm Christmas Day 9.30 am New Years Eve 8.00 pm Holy Communion

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