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Light in the Darkness: Christmas services and message

posted 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 by John Goldring   [ updated 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 ]

Holy Trinity Christmas Card

A Christmas message from our vicar, Revd. Richard Merrick

2016 has been a momentous year! News of wars, terrorism, political and economic change dominate the news headlines leaving us with feelings of uncertainty, wariness, and fear for our future as individuals, as a community and as a nation.

How should we respond to all this? We can lament and wring our hands in despair - or we can trust in God's love for us. We can be good neighbours and welcome the stranger. We can turn to those with whom we disagree and recognise them as friends. The season of Christmas is one of hope in which we celebrate the rescue plan God has put into operation in the birth of Jesus. This is not a forlorn, 'pie in the sky' hope: God so loved the world and the people he created that he sent Jesus to rescue us from all fear and certainty. In the birth of Jesus we have received the 'Light of the World': the Bible tells us that this Light shines even in the darkest of times and the darkness cannot overcome it.

When we place our trust in Jesus Christ we receive a light that enables us to see through the darkness in our world and the darkness that can blight our own lives. The Light of Christ is trustworthy and reliable and I hope and pray that you will allow it to shine in your homes this Christmas and throughout the coming years.

I pray that you will enjoy a Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.

The is a shortened version of the message in the Christmas card delivered to homes in the parish and pictured here.
Christmas Services

You are invited to join us at any of these services in the church

Sunday 18 December, 4pm
Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm
A Quiet Christmas
Especially for those who find this time of year difficult.

Christmas Eve, 4pm
Christingle
Especially for families with children.

Christmas Eve, 11.15pm
Midnight Communion

Christmas Day, 10.30am
All Age Family Communion