I know most of you will be looking forward to the holidays, to the presents, the parties with all the good food and drinks - and why not, after a hard year you deserve it.
As we journey through this time of advent I would draw your attention to the true meaning of "Christmas" - the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Surely the greatest gift that any of us has ever received.
Let us celebrate the birth of a child who brought true light, compassion and understanding into this corrupt world.
Christmas affords us extra valuable and precious time to enjoy with our families. Those closest to us are sometimes taken for granted in this fast moving world - let us all embrace and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.
To our members and friends I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that God makes all your wishes come true.
We should prepare ourselves for a very busy 2017 as we give thanks to the Lord for the life of Martin Luther when we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
May God's richest blessing be with you and your families.