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December News 2010

Hark!  The Herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Peace on Earth, and glory mild,
God and sinners reconciled!

Merry Christmas!
Welcome, and Merry Christmas to you all!

I hope that this newsletter finds you safe and well, and enjoying the Christmas season, where ever you are, and however you are celebrating.  I will be out on site this Christmas, enjoying a BBQ lunch and a big seafood dinner on Christmas Day.  What an excellent time of year it is to proclaim our Lord Jesus, while we remember the birth of our Saviour.  As I listen to the Christmas Carols played endlessly, I am excited that even on this remote mine site, people are hearing about the angels heralding the new born king more than 2000 years ago. 

As promised last month, Richard Fortune has written a recap of the 2010 Out of the Pit Conference, held in Kalgoorlie in mid October.  Click here to share the stories coming from the conference.

I pray that you all have a safe and happy CHRISTmas, and look forward to sharing another year with you all in 2011.

In Jesus,
Work as Vocation
In the third Bible Study that Kara Martin has put together, we look at the idea of vocation, or "calling".  

Often we see the term as something that is exclusive to ministry, when ministers and priests talk about how they were called to the church.  But what does the Bible say about the term?  Explore this Bible Study here.

All of the previous two studies in our series on Work as Ministry are available on the Out of the Pit website under the Resources tab.
golden nugget Bible Nugget

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth, peace to those on whom his favour rests"
Luke 2:13-14

Observe this morning, the sacred joy of Mary, that you may imitate it.  This is a season when all men expect us to be joyous.  We compliment each other with the desire that we may have a "Merry Christmas."  Some Christians who are a little squeamish do not like the work "merry."  It is a right, good old Saxon word, having the joy of childhood and the mirth of manhood in it.  This is the season when we are expected to be happy; and you who are believers, to be "merry".  Mary's heart was merry within her; but here was the mark of her joy, it was all holy merriment.  It is not such merriment as worldlings will revel in today and tomorrow, but such merriment as the angels have around the throne where they sing "Glory to God in the highest", while we sing "On earth, peace, goodwill towards men."
Adapted from Charles Spurgeon.

Give thanks for:


  • The birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in a humble manger
  • The Bible, God's word revealed to us, that we may know the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ
  • Friends and family to share the festive season
  • Another year passed

Please pray for:


  • The Christmas season to spark those who don't know Jesus to want to find out more
  • Those who don't have friends or family to celebrate with this year, or who are in hard times, that God might be close
  • Us to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and to give thanks for Jesus amongst the turkey and seafood.
  • The coming year in Out of the Pit, for guidance and vision for the board



Contact Info

Rosie Da Costa, Editor :: rosie -at- outofthepit.org
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