Dear Minster and Friends,
As the clocks changed last Sunday it seemed like all of a sudden coldness and darkness descended upon us. As someone who grew up in what was affectionately known as the “Sunny State” in Australia the seasons, as we experience them in the UK, both captivate and challenge me. There is something about experiencing the cold and dark that makes you appreciate all the more the light and warmth of the sun. Yet whilst we endure the cold and the dark for a season we certainly don’t want to remain there – we long again for the warmth of the sun. For the light to dawn once more.
As Christmas rapidly approaches our theme this year is ‘A Light Has Dawned’. In Matthew’s gospel and the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry he quotes Isaiah 9:1-2, he says “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew records for us that from that time on Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven had come near.
For those of us who have encountered the risen Jesus, a light has dawned. We have crossed over from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of light. Darkness is no longer where we dwell, we dwell in the light. We have an incredible hope and with this hope an opportunity to help people to also encounter the light this Christmas season. We begin by welcoming people up to the farm this Saturday evening for theBonfire Night and also this Sunday for our Big Questions Sunday with Steve Cockram – “Is Jesus still relevant in the modern world of work?”
So let us pray together that as people encounter the Minster this Christmas that they would experience something of the Kingdom of Heaven, that they too would experience the hope of Jesus – the Light of the World.
With much love,