"Ye are the light of the world"
(MATTHEW 5:14)

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Church Secretary's Address

Dear friends,

As 2016 drew toward its close somebody put up a picture on Facebook which was a parody of the LP cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. However all the people in the picture were celebrities that had died in 2016 (and this was on Christmas eve so a few more could have been added to the montage). Many people commented as to what a sad year 2016 had been given the loss of so many of their "heroes". It was, however, a very stark reminder that all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away (1 Peter 1:24). We do well to keep this in mind as the world is very seductive and its temptations for passing pleasures and glory are never abated nor are they ever far away. That the above quote goes on to say in the very next verse: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever encourages us to look for lasting good much closer to home. The idea of sitting and reading the Bible seems so ordinary but the effects of doing so can have eternal consequences. The bright lights of Hollywood or Pinewood, the adulation of thousands of fans, the media coverage all appeal to that inner desire to be "someone" while reading our bibles and humbly putting its teachings into practice will hardly get us noticed. Yet as we consider the host of stars that died in 2016 we should bear in mind that we never really knew them and they never knew us. However there is one that does know us and knows everything there is to know about us. This reminder of the ubiquity of death should awaken us to the truth that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). None can escape this, whether they are well known or unknown, so what will our answer be when we are called to account and our hearts are laid bare before our judge?

-Church Secretary.