In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. I remember as a child hearing this part of the Christmas story – I remember it well.  The reason being I was chosen for a solo line ‘because there was no place for them in the Inn,’  at my primary school’s annual service of lessons and carols at the local Methodist Church. The service was always well attended by many parents, friends and relatives.  Eltham Park Methodist Church provided tea and biscuits afterward, and if I remember rightly the collection monies were donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal of the Borough of Woolwich.  It was always a fun evening being a part of about 150 kids involved in the service, and hoping that you remembered where you should stand and what you should sing or say. My solo line rings in my ears as I look sadly today and every day that there are still many places in this world where there is no room! No room for shelter, no room for food, no room for medical care, no room to be who you are. Perhaps we can keep those who have not been offered, or cannot find room,  in mind and prayer as we walk together through Advent to the celebration of Christ’s Birth and think again of these words in John’s Gospel:  John 1: 14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. With many blessings, Brian
From Brian’s desk  
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk  
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. I remember as a child hearing this part of the Christmas story – I remember it well.  The reason being I was chosen for a solo line ‘because there was no place for them in the Inn,’  at my primary school’s annual service of lessons and carols at the local Methodist Church. The service was always well attended by many parents, friends and relatives.  Eltham Park Methodist Church provided tea and biscuits afterward, and if I remember rightly the collection monies were donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal of the Borough of Woolwich.  It was always a fun evening being a part of about 150 kids involved in the service, and hoping that you remembered where you should stand and what you should sing or say. My solo line rings in my ears as I look sadly today and every day that there are still many places in this world where there is no room! No room for shelter, no room for food, no room for medical care, no room to be who you are. Perhaps we can keep those who have not been offered, or cannot find room,  in mind and prayer as we walk together through Advent to the celebration of Christ’s Birth and think again of these words in John’s Gospel:  John 1: 14. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. With many blessings, Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877