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HOPE

Hope is one of the most powerful forces on earth. With it, we become brave when confronting challenges and resilient in the face of trials, because we are confident that the future will be better than the present. Without it, we become desperate, exhausted, apathetic and (literally) hopeless.

So we scour the world for sources of hope. That has been the story of 2021, in many ways: we have kept looking for someone or something to assure us that things will be brighter tomorrow. A vaccine. A roadmap to freedom. A World Cup final. A new president. A summer holiday. When these things disappoint us, as they always do, we transfer our longings onto something else. We keep searching for a source of hope that will actually deliver for us: an anchor for the soul, a source of rejoicing for a weary world.

That is the whole point of Advent, and the whole point of Christmas. The promise of a better world does not lie in political, sporting or medical achievements. Those things are like stars that brighten the night, but they can never cause the sun to rise. The promise of a better world lies in God-become-flesh: the real, physical embodiment of God’s love for people and commitment to His world, to the extent that he would become part of it, die for it, and then rise again to free it from all sources of hopelessness, frustration and despair. We spend twenty-four days hoping for it, followed by twelve days celebrating it: Jesus Christ, our living hope.

King’s carol services

Every year we sing about that, often without noticing. We sing to a small town in Judea: “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight”. We sing to one another: “the thrill of hope! A weary world rejoices, and yonder breaks a new and glorious morn”. We sing to Jesus Christ himself: “Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art”.

As we say these things, or listen to them playing on the radio or in shopping centres, we are bearing witness to a weighty reality. The earthly places where we turn for hope – doctors, leaders, footballers, jobs, children, holidays or whatever it may be – are beautiful gifts, but they are not anchors. They cannot secure us in the storm or provide the guarantees we crave that tomorrow’s world will be better than today’s. For that, we need God to become man, the Creator to join His creatures, and heaven to touch earth.

Every Christmas we express that hope again, to celebrate the “sure and steadfast anchor for the soul” that is ours in the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 6:20). And we remind the world that in this child, in that manger in that little town, is a thrill of hope that causes the weary world, even now, to rejoice.

Other Christmas dates
Christmas Day at King's

Christmas Day Services

We will now only be meeting online on Christmas Day.

Join us for a short service that will be available to watch at anytime throughout the day.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day – 26 December

There will be no services this Sunday.

Join us again from Sunday 2 January.

Watchnight

Watchnight

Join us to see in 2022 together. The evening will include worship, a short talk, testimonies and prayer.

Friday 31 December
We will now only be meeting online for Watchnight, an hour-long service on Zoom from 11.15pm.