Dear Friends,

For many years Churches in different settings and ways have used the end of October to hold Light Parties to emphasise that Jesus is the Light of the World who came down into darkness and dealt with the forces of evil, ultimately give His life for us all.  There is the simple illustration that many speakers have used, of the relightable candle that at first seems to be blown out, but then comes back on, again and again and again.  Yes, the picture is of Jesus the Light of the World which darkness thought it could put out, but he returns to Life and He lives though His People of The Light today, who have received His Holy Spirit.  For darkness cannot overcome the Light, quite the opposite.

All too often we see darkness at work in the world and we may even feel that it has the upper hand, but we must take heart that Jesus has defended the forces of darkness that His Light reigns eternally.  

At this time in the month of November, we remember the victims of the past and present wars, perhaps with even more fervour because of the centenary of the end of the First World War.  Yet even in that dark period we have the memory of the Light shining in the Silent Night of Christmas in the trenches. Soon the Lights will be switched on in the town, along with the Tree of Lights as we remember loved ones.  In the darkness of the long nights ahead we have the hope of Advent and Christmas, soon to light our Advent Crown and to remember great words from the Bible looking forward to His Second Advent.

"The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. Let us stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up the weapons for fighting in the light."

"The Word of Prophesy was fulfilled in your hearing! You should give that Word your closest attention, for it shines like a lamp amidst all the dirt and darkness of the world, until the days dawns, and the morning star rises in your hearts."

"God sent His Messengers, a man called John, who came to tell people about the Light, so that all should hear his message an believe."

And we must never forget the privilege and Responsibility that Jesus gives us: "You are the world’s light…Let your light shine in the sight of people. Let them see the good things you do and praise your Father in Heaven."

The clocks have changed, its darker earlier, but sooner Town will have its lights on. May we be the Lord's Lights in the darkness and make it difference Wherever we Go, Whatever we Are Doing and Whoever we are With.  

Your Friend and Pastor,

Anthony Orr

Leamington Spa Baptist Church
Tel: 01926 336650 or email us