Christmas Letter from the Ordinary
Feast of Thomas Becket
Greetings in this Christmastide,
Change is a constant. That is a contradictory
sentence. Yet it is a reality. But it comes from where our
perception, our outlook is focused. Do we want the things of this
world and ourselves to always remain the same? Some would say
that would be nice, comfortable, predictable. The bills would be the
same. The price of bread and milk would be the same. The rent or
mortgage or property tax would be the same.
I can name a multitude of other circumstances
with which we want everything to stay the same… our health, our
housing, our future. But is it reality? Are we being rational? Is it
Over two thousand years ago, the judgement on
all people, according to Holy Scripture (and almost all religions of
that time), was that we were doomed to the “place of departed
And then, God Himself, in the person of Jesus
of Nazareth, came to His world, to our world.
And Something Changed!
We learned that God cared. We learned that
the women and men of this world mattered to their Creator. We
learned that God loves us and wants us to be with Him.
These are the simplest statements of the Christian Faith. This is
what we are proclaiming at Christmas.
We are proclaiming we know that God, through
Christ, loves us, and we love Him.
It is a simple message.
Glory be to God on High and Peace on earth to
those with good will.
I hope that you had a Blessed Christmas and
that 2017 will be a time of flourishing growth for the Diocese of
In Christ’s service,
Bishop Owen R. Williams
The Diocese of the West is a group of churches seeking to
spread the Christian Gospel
through traditional worship, fellowship, family values and
To bring people into a loving relationship with God by
creating a Gospel-focused fellowship through worship, practice
and service to meet the needs of our communities.
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December 2016 at 1228 PST