The Work of Christmas

posted Jan 10, 2020, 3:21 PM by Tricia Sheffield

Epiphany blessings of light to you! It’s good to return from vacation and be in the joyful community of MRC.

I look forward to being back in God’s house to worship with you this Sunday at 10:30 AM. It’s a special day in the liturgical calendar as it celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. Mike Steib is our featured soloist for the anthem; Dan Pannebaker is our worship leader; and I will be preaching from Isaiah 42.1-9 and Matthew 3.13-17. My sermon title is "A Covenant to the People."

It would irresponsible of me as your pastor if I didn’t acknowledge the sadness and tension we are currently experiencing in our world. The horror and tragedy of devastating wildfires in Australia, and war, and rumors of war that are creating an even more divisive and fearful climate in our country are present on our minds. I invite you to pray with me that all will come to know that PEACE is the path to the Reign of God, and may we, as people of faith, continue the work of Christmas: "When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart" (Howard Thurman).

In gratitude for the privilege of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish