The Inside Column 16/12

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

“The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” — John 1:9

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.— Matthew 5:14

There are two events that we run as a church that are attended by large numbers of the community, one is the church fair, and the other is Carols on the Lawn or “Shine” as we have re-named it. Shine is a tremendous opportunity for us as the church to bless our community this Christmas with a great big party. What do people who do not come to church think of when they think of church? Old fashioned? Out of date? Killjoys?

Shine is a chance for us to challenge people’s perception of Christmas and the church. I would love it if we (church members) can treat the evening as if we are having people over for a party at our own home, giving people a warm welcome, talking to the guests. If you see someone looking lost or on their own, ask if you can help them, in other words “let your light shine before men”.

We have a great evening of music and activities lined up, and all we have to do is invite our friends, neighbours and family. At no other time of the year will people be more open to an invitation to a church event than at Christmas time. Let us pray that all who come to Shine will be greatly blessed and that God through the power of his Spirit will move powerfully in people’s lives.

Remember on Sunday 23 December we are having an combined Christingle Service at 9.30 followed by morning tea with Christmas cake and Christmas mince pies. At 11.00pm on Monday 24 December we have our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion and our traditional Christmas Day service is at 9.30am.

If this is your last Sunday for the year before you go away, the staff , vestry and I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and that God will bless you with good food, great weather, good company and much fun and love over the holidays.

Yours in Christ

Philip

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