Queen Elizabeth - in her own words
"For me the teachings of Christ and my personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ's words and example. I believe that the Christian message, in the words of a familiar blessing, remains profoundly important to us all:
'Go forth into the world in peace,
be of good courage, hold fast that which is good,
render to no one evil for evil,
strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak,
help the afflicted, honour all people.'
It is a simple message of compassion - and yet as powerful as ever today, 2,000 years after Christ's birth."
Christmas Message 2000
"I hope that, like me, you will be comforted by the example of Jesus of Nazareth who, often in circumstances of great adversity, managed to live an outgoing, unselfish and sacrificial life. Countless millions of people around the world continue to celebrate his birthday at Christmas, inspired by his teaching.
He makes it clear that genuine human happiness and satisfaction lie more in giving than receiving; more in serving than in being served. We can surely be grateful that, two thousand years after the birth of Jesus, so many of us are able to draw inspiration from his life and message, and to find in him a source of strength and courage."
Christmas Message 2008
We find the following words of hope in the Bible
"My friends, we want you to understand how it will be for those followers (of Jesus) who have already died. Then you won't grieve over them and be like people who don't have any hope. We believe Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died."
I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 15
"Jesus was born into a world full of fear. The angels came to frightened shepherds with hope in their voices: 'Fear not', they urged, 'we bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 'For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.'
Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves - from our recklessness or our greed. So God sent into the world a unique person - neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.
Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God's love. It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Christmas Message 2011
In Person in Tervuren
St Paul's does not have it's own building, but at Sint Jan Evangelistkerk in Tervuren there is a place where you can come for quiet, to light a candle if you wish, or to write a message in a book of condolence.
The book will close on the evening of Monday 19th September 2022
Join us this Sunday
Our Sunday Service is at St Jozef's Church (Sint Jozefkerk) in Moorsel at 10.30am.
There is a creche during the service as well as groups and activities for children and young people in the adjacent hall.
All are very welcome.