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Principal's Christmas greeting: News of great joy

The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'                                                              (Luke 2:10–11)

Joy-filled greetings from the whole ALC community: students, staff, volunteers and supporters. I am struck by Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1–7). If you blink while reading it, you might almost miss it. It barely rates a mention. That is, until you read what follows. Then you realise who this life-changing child, unremarkably born, is. Fear ends. God’s good news is proclaimed. Joy, complete joy, shapes people’s lives.

I want to communicate something of that joy to you in this greeting. ALC has been blessed by God throughout 2021. Just like Jesus’ unremarkable birth it hasn’t always felt like it, but in every circumstance God has remained faithful to us. Our purpose of preparing people to serve among and through the LCANZ as pastors, teachers, lay workers and volunteers has seamlessly continued. God has provided us with the resources from various sources and the new skills that we have needed to do that. Just as importantly, God has provided us with the capacity and confidence to make the sacrifices that are needed for these times. We have taken some big risks. Our students have also patiently adapted to accommodate our many new realities. We have all changed. This has involved managing our disappointments, frustrations and fears by trusting and following God alone. Things have rarely been as we wanted (nor as we think that we deserve) but trusting God is the only way that we can be sure of. Witnessing God’s constant faithfulness to us, to the LCANZ and to creation has been our joy. 

So, how are we finishing this year? We could pat ourselves on our backs and say, 'Well done, us.' Or, 'Whew, that was lucky.' That’s not our way. Just like the shepherds and angels who first witnessed God among us in Christ Jesus, we are moved to thank and praise God. God did mighty and humbling things at ALC in 2021. They are things that we might only fully see and appreciate in the years to come. God’s faithfulness never faltered. There is no reason for us to be afraid. A saviour is born to us, and he is enough. Joy finds us!

Thank you for your support of ALC throughout 2021 and may God bless you throughout this Christmas season.

Pastor James Winderlich

Please note that the College will be closed from Monday 20 December and will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022. The library will re-open to the general public on Monday 17 January but will close daily at 4.00 pm until Semester 1 commences on Monday 21 February.