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Pastor's Notes (February 2012)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 PM by Henry McTague

Dearest Friends in Christ,

During my Christmas Eve meditation for the 6:30 and 8:00 services, I reflected on language. I shared my conviction that the language of Christmas the foundation of who we are as followers of Christ. “…within these walls, in a variety of ways, Christmas is spoken every time we gather, and with any luck, every time we leave here to engage our work in the world. The Good News that the angel eagerly shared was the truth that God was, and is, still active and interacting with all of humankind. This Good News, that the Word of God was made flesh and walked upon the face of the earth, is spoken here, prayed here, sung here, and celebrated here over and over and over. It is a story that never gets old…This language, marked by expressions of hope and joy, respect and honor, dignity and integrity, wonder and awe, is a language that even has a few four letter words – hope, love, gift – and a few five letter ones as well – bless, truth, peace, honor, mercy, grace, faith. It is a language that might get you in trouble with a few people who don’t understand it – but ultimately it is a language that lifts up and empowers, that praises and rejoices – and creates conversation that looks up with joy and wonder, rather than down with criticism and doubt, derision and anger, condemnation and division. Speaking the language of Christmas, we build on a solid foundation of faith in God as Creator, Jesus as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as Abiding Presence. It is the language of blessing and love.”

Being ever mindful of the power that words have, may the language of Christmas infuse our lives with hope and joy, this day and all days.

Blessings,

Pastor Gail

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