As all of you know, I expect, we've been having a weekend of prayer, yesterday especially, when the church was open, we had a big presentation in church a couple of weeks ago, and the idea was people could come in and pray and there was an opportunity to give yesterday, and to give this morning.

After the morning service, slightly like a cat on a hot tin roof, I put my head around the office door to ask how it was going, thinking they would be near the total, and they were still opening and counting envelopes.  At one point I thought, why should there be so many envelopes, can't I just know the answer?!  Of course the fact is, it's good to have a number of envelopes!  We had 87 responses in total, which is brilliant.

Based on the cost estimates for repairing the spire and the revamp of the audio visual system, we calculated that we were looking for £50,000 from this appeal.

So far, at the end of this weekend, we have about £60,000. So Praise God!

There are a couple of people to thank... In particular, I would like to thank Dave and Helen for counting all the money and dealing with that.  It's quite a job dealing with all the details and interpreting everything, and getting the final number right.

Thanks to Chris Cole also for overseeing the times of prayer that we had particularly during yesterday's Gift Day.

We would want to thank the congregation - with that number of responses, and there's probably one or two more in the pipeline.  Its been a team effort, it's not been that one person has written a big cheque.  I am very, very thankful myself, to the whole of the Christ Church congregation, obviously we will be saying this again tomorrow at the APCM. 

But most of all, thank you to God! Because it is His work. He is the one who inspired the work  here 150 years ago, when fundraising had to put this building up, he is the one who is with us now, and he will continue to do his work - of that we can be confident. We don't always know what God is up to, but we know it's good.

And so for this particular milestone, on Christ Church's journey, a bit like we were doing at Emmanuel not long ago, we are saying a big thank you to God because we feel that this is a really important building.  We know its about the people and God's family, but actually, this building doesn't half point people to God.

This is a brilliant witness, not only to us in reminding us what God is like, but its a fantastic statement to the whole of Weston-super-Mare that God is in business and there are people worshipping Him.  We think He's fantastic! That spire points to heaven.  People have compared it to the biblical 'City on a hill' shining out to the surrounding area.

With that in mind, I'd like to invite you to join with me in this Easter response that fits in with where we are. It says that He has made US lights to the world.  The point is, we shine out God to others.  It's an amazing thought isnt it, that we shine out?  In that sense, the building too witnesses to the whole of Weston.

Isn't that fantastic, that God is alive and is working... and the results of this appeal confirm that! There is lots of work to do in so many other areas, but we can give thanks to God for this part of our journey.    

'Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed,  Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
He has given us new life and hope.  He has raised Jesus from the dead. 

God has claimed us as His own.
He has brought us out of darkness.  He has made us lights to the world.

'Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed,  Alleluia.

And the people said - Amen!

Rev Tom Webber

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