Pastor’s Weekly Message: 12.22.16

Grace Waves

Merry Christmas!

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” – written by Rev. Edmund Storrs Willis in 1859…..a verse rarely published:

Yet with the woes of sin and strife, the world has suffered long;  Beneath the angel-strain have rolled, Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not, the love song which they bring:  O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.

Hush the noise ….and hear the angels sing!  These are troubled times, when ugly noises need to be dramatically hushed.  Words of hatred, prejudice and fear need to be muted and what once came upon a midnight clear clearly needs to be heard anew.  This Christmas Carol was written shortly after the Mexican War (one of the ‘least just’ American wars), was opposed in Congress by only one Representative named Abraham Lincoln; and Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay taxes to support it.  Christmas Carols birthing Peace….what else are we about!

  • Christmas Eve:  Family Service at 5:00 pm –  fun for our families, come meet Baby Jesus;   Candlelight and Communion at 10:00 pm – beautiful music!  Invite your friends.
  • Christmas Day worship at 10:00 am.  
  • New Year’s Day – Christmas Carols at 10:00 am.

Giving Tree Gifts:  Thank you to all who contributed to making Christmas possible for families here and through our Partnerships!

Peace Christmas Caroling – our group of Carolers raised up Christmas Cheer in several homes and at Brookdale Nursing Facility. Such a blessing and as Gary says, “Singing is yoga for the voice and soul!”

Volunteer Career Services at FCI Dublin – An advance word about the Forum Ron Elsdon will lead on January 8:

“Volunteer career services in a prison can offer a valuable benefit given the substantial career support needs of people approaching re-entry to society after incarceration. Having been privileged to deliver more than 50 career classes at FCI Dublin over the past two years this forum provides an overview of the form this has taken, how it has evolved, and the benefits and challenges.”

Please keep in your prayers:  Brian Turner, Renee’s mother, Brian McGee, Margaret Bender, Dave Neunaber, Pr. Bob Lesher, Peter, Fred Garrity, Ed Klitsch, Natalie, Rick; those who like the Holy Family are looking for a home; the people of Aleppo, refugees, parents and grandparents, those who protect us through the night; those who seek wisdom in our times.

The Pure Delight Concert was a blessing for those who attended.

Comment from one who purchased a Solar Halo:  It’s really nice to imagine that a house of worship will be autonomous in the darkest of times and will shine as a beacon for those in spiritual need.

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.

And though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see.

There will be an answer, let it be.

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
—Lennon/McCartney and the Bible

Christmas blessings,

Pr. Steve