Christmas Postcards for Congregations
This year the theme for the Christmas cards is "Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room."
Based on Luke 2:1-7, and the verse in the popular Hymn "Joy to the World", the theme draws on our need to be communities that embody the sort of "radical hospitality" that Jesus requires of us. The Advent season is a time of expectant reflection.
The text on the back of the postcard reads:
Echoing through the season is the refrain “Let every heart prepare Him room.” We sing it every year. It beckons us to make room within our lives for Jesus beyond what we may feel comfortable with, because relationships are costly. Hospitality isn’t easy. Jesus knew this. The man whose birth was rejected by the innkeeper found a welcome on a wooden cross. But even in this, he extended the arms of hospitality.
The Christmas story has been told countless times. It is so familiar that we overlook some of its crucial points. Sometimes we rush straight to the birth, or the shepherds, or magi. In doing so we miss some small but crucial statements and fail to acknowledge its profound applications for following Jesus today. ‘There was no room at the inn’ writes Luke.
Often when we hear the word hospitality we think of having friends over for dinner. Hospitality is comfortable, people we like with good food and good conversation. The core aspect of biblical hospitality extends beyond people we know and welcomes strangers. It is offering our best for the comfort of others.
We encourage you to go to the Uniting Church Print Portal create an account and personalise the postcards for your Church services as a way of extending the hospitality of the season to your local communities.
This year we are asking Congregations to order cards before 4 December to allow for dispatch and delivery in time to distribute for Christmas service times.
To order and customise these postcards for your Church, simply log-in to the Uniting Church Print Portal. To begin (if you haven't ordered cards in the past), fill in the username as “unitingchurch” and the password "login" then follow the prompts to register your details, customise the cards and then order the number of cards that you would like. An invoice and your order will be delivered within 7 days of purchase.
- 250 postcards - $125 + p/h
- 500 postcards - $165 + p/h
- 750 postcards - $200 + p/h
- 1000 postcards - $230 + p/h
- Postcards need to be ordered in time to be delivered and distributed.
- Plan to have them distributed by at least one week ahead of your events and order in time.
- On the back of the card include the name of your Church, service times, a contact number and your website and email address.
- If you are letterbox delivering the cards ensure that your co-workers are aware of the intent of the signed directions of “no junk mail” or “Australia Post only”. Postcards must not be placed in these mailboxes.
Plan ahead, don't leave ordering till the last minute. Allow at least 7 business days for the printing and delivery of the postcards you require. This year we are asking Congregations to order cards before 4 December to allow for dispatch and delivery in time to distribute for Christmas service times.