Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year
There's an old saying - there's no Christmas without Easter, but equally, there's no Easter without Christmas. This "most wonderful time of the year" truly lives up to its tag - celebrating the coming of our Messiah, Jesus.
Our theme this Christmas is "Good News - Great Joy". For many, Christmas is simply a holiday, a time for gifts and a time for family. All of this is true, at least in our Australian context - however, Christmas is so much more than that.
Christmas is all about God Himself - Jesus Christ, who stepped down from the glory of heaven to become human so that He could die on a cross to rescue us from our sin. This is what the Angel declared to Mary. This is why angels sang, and shepherds worshipped. This is beautifully explained by the apostle Paul:
“(Jesus) who, being in
very nature God, did not consider
equality with God something
to be used to his advantage;
rather, he made himself
nothing by taking the very
nature of a servant, being
made in human likeness.
And being found in
appearance as a man, he
humbled himself by
becoming obedient to death
— even death on a cross!
Because of Jesus, we can know God’s forgiveness. Because of Jesus, we can become part of God’s family. Because of Jesus, we have hope for a better future. Because of Jesus, those who trust in Him will live with Him forever in heaven.
This truly makes the birth of Jesus good news and great joy for everyone - His life, death and resurrection made the way for us to come to God. It also raises two questions that we all face with at some point:
- 'Who is Jesus?', and,
- 'Will we trust what Jesus did to make us right with God?'
We would love to explore these questions with you, so please join us this Christmas to explore who Jesus is and why His coming truly is our good news and great joy.
Saturday, 7 December from 6pm
IT'S THAT TIME, FOLKS! Our annual Carols On The Lawn celebration is upon us to kick off the Christmas season. There will be food, live music, activities for the kids, and of course - carols!
So bring your picnic rug and we'll "rock around the Christmas tree" as we celebrate the greatest "joy to the world" that came to us "on a midnight clear"!
Download your official Carols 2019 program right here! Just click the link below and follow along on your phone or tablet!
Tuesday, 24 December from 7pm
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a special time at Parramatta Christian Church! Join us from 7pm for a special evening service as we countdown to Christmas morning. There will be your favourite carols and a short message as we celebrate the coming of our Saviour . And make sure to hang around for a Christmas supper afterwards (please bring a plate of food to share).
PLEASE NOTE - there are no services on Wednesday 25th.
You can download your songbook right here! Just click the button below to have the words on your smartphone or tablet (hint: you may want to ensure your device is charged before the evening) and sing along with us!