Invitations to Light
As the darkness of the autumn nights draw in we start to crave the light. We light fires in November and then as soon as we can, the Christmas lights go up. Sparkling in the longer nights, bringing joy and hope to a sun starved world.
Living in the UK means that the timing of winter emphasises the language of Christmas. So the images of Jesus coming as light of the world has a particular resonance for us. John’s Gospel says: “In him was life, and that life was the life of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The world can be a place of conflict, suffering and loneliness. But Jesus comes as light in the darkness. If we invite him in, he brings joy and hope in every circumstance.
Over the Christmas period we have a wide range of services. These include, Carols by Candlelight on the Sun 17th Dec at 6.30pm and the Crib service on Sun 24th Dec at 5.30pm. At each one we will celebrate and reflect on the birth of Jesus, the light of the world, in different ways. Please come and celebrate with us. But could you also be thinking and praying about who you will invite and bring with you. It could be that your neighbour or friend needs to hear the message, that Jesus is the light of the world.
From January we will move to our new service patterns.
9am Sanctuary, 11am Engage and 6.30pm Encounter.
I will be preaching for the first three Sundays under the theme: You’re Invited. But the invitation goes beyond us to the community. So choose a service as your home and extend the invitation to those around you.
Also in the New Year we will start an Alpha course. It is a wonderful introduction to the Christian faith, a safe place to ask questions. Please could you promote this widely and invite a friend or neighbour. It starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th January in All Saints Church. Please sign up www.allsaintsonline.org.uk/alpha and let us know if you’re planning to come.
I pray that you will be filled with the light of Christ Jesus this Christmas and New Year.