Revelation 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Six simple words to fill our emptiness, wipe away our sorrows, restore our lost hope, and encourage and renew us on our pilgrim journey. We mark our days in the passage of time, minutes, hours, days, months and years. Yet as the calendar grows by one we do not mark it as a continuum, but as an end and a new beginning.
Collectively, we celebrate; individually, we contemplate. Never all good, nor all bad, we bid farewell to the past and turn ourselves, sometimes brace ourselves, for the future, knowing that it too, will be a path unforeseen. But, we are confident that we do not make the journey alone, for we are companions on the journey, and we walk the path with our Savior before us. Let us “make all things new again” our call to become excited in our faith and in our desire to spread the Good News among all nations and neighborhoods. Let it be our call to creatively use our unique and special gifts to build this Kingdom of God in our midst. What are your talents? Do you use them in such a way as to return them to the Giver? I challenge you to take that extra step. Where can you “make new?” There are so many gifts, far too many to call out here, but you know where you have been blessed with that ‘extra something.’ Is this the season to give back just a little, or maybe a little more?
And, if by chance your “extra something” is musical, I invite you now to consider sharing your talents with this congregation. We are always happy to welcome new singers, but there is so much more to Music Ministry! If you bring us your gift, we will help you find ways to use it to serve. I promise you it will be a joyful experience for us all!
May you be abundantly blessed in this season of “all things new.”
Lynn & Tess
O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
You are most cordially invited to join us for a celebration of Christmas Song! Christmas Eve, just before the start of our late night (11:00 p.m.) service, we invite you to gather a bit earlier and join in singing some of our most beloved Christmas Carols. Our song fest will begin at 10:30 p.m. in the church and will give us the opportunity to lift our voices and our hearts in praise and to prepare for our vigil worship to greet the infant child, Emmanuel. Come and prepare with us this most sacred remembrance. Allow yourself a time of quiet anticipation and embrace the carols that tell the story of the Nativity of the Christ Child. We hope you will join us, in heart, in presence, and in voice!
CALL FOR TALENT
Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus: Looking for interested adult singers for our Spring Concert entitled ‘Lions, Witches & Over-stuffed Wardrobes’. Practices are Sunday evenings 6-8:30 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth starting January 14, 2018. There will also be other rehearsals for small groups—to be announced. Cut-off to sing this concert is January 28th.
Concert dates are May 4th, 5th & 6th — Save the dates. Go to www.efacc.org for more information.