After our largest and most successful (though I hesitate to say 'most successful' - because how do you manage success for an event like this) Light Party ever, I was asked by a fellow Wesleyan Minister "How long have you been doing that?" My response - I can't remember a year since we started the church (20 years ago) when we haven't.
Our Light Party is a tradition in this community and long may it be so. Long may it be a source of light and celebration of Jesus and of God's love for the world. Long may it shine light on a day which is taking on such dark themes. When we think of 31 October and Halloween let's pray against the evil that it portrays and pray that people will turn away from celebrating evil AND at the same time let's embrace it as an opportunity to spread the good news that God loves everyone and wants an eternal relationship with everyone.
Thank you to everyone who did so much to intentionally show God's love to the people of our community and beyond (I understand one family travelled from East Auckland). You are amazing and I love being your Pastor.