Christmas is a time for spending time with friends and family, giving and receiving gifts, and reflecting on the year that’s been.
For the Salvation Army flock, and Christians throughout Tasmania and the world, it’s also a time, above all else, to celebrate God’s love.
The Salvation Army Christmas carols on December 16 were an opportunity to do just that, said parishioner Stewart Breams.
“The birth of Jesus was God’s gift to the world, to bring peace and joy,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to get together here today and celebrate in the birth of Jesus and what that brings to the world – and that is peace.
“It’s an opportunity to rejoice and accept him as our saviour.”
Mr Breams played a shepherd in the Christmas story at the carols, along with his children Grace, an angel, and Noah, also a shepherd.
He said it was important not to forget about the original meaning of Christmas.
“I’m very passionate about it,” he said.
“There’s a lot of emphasis these days on giving of presents – which is great – but I do think [the message of Jesus] does get lost, which is a bit of a shame.”
Salvation Army Launceston core officer Roderick Brown said that the Christmas story wasn’t just words on a page.
“Christmas is a time to come together and celebrate the friendships and the family that we have, and of course, it all flows from the true meaning of Christmas – the gift of God’s son,” he said.
- There will be another carol service at the Salvation Army, 111 Elizabeth St, on Christmas Eve at 5pm.
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