Don’t forget it’s Christmas SHINE! this Sunday – hope as many of you as possible can join us as we celebrate with our local community. This is a great chance to invite friends and family to join us.
1 Peter 2:9 NIV
 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Revelation 21:22-25 NIV
 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
So here is the hope that keeps us going through the dark times of Advent – God has called you into his wonderful light and look ahead – there is going to be a day when the darkness is banished and the Lord almighty gives unfailing light. A day of peace, security and delight as God delights in you – his special possession! Rejoice – the light shines in the darkness!
Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord, who rises with healing in His wings:
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining, to cheer it after rain.