“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 flock,
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 brothers, to make music in the heart. (Howard Thurman)
During the past year, much of our focus has been on finances and building repairs. While these remain areas of concern, let us commit ourselves in 2010 to doing “the work of Christmas.” Yes, we are smaller - 213 members on the rolls. Yes, we have less money than we once did. But we are a congregation with many talents and many gifts - and a long history of serving this community through 4 congregations who, in 1966, came together in the name of Christ to create the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green.
Think of what we can do if every member of the congregation gets involved. . .
Call someone you have not seen in church for a while
Visit someone who is homebound
Volunteer an occasional day to one of our established ministries: Food Pantry, Thrift Ship, Feed the World on the Green
Invite someone to join you at an activity in which you are already involved - Circle, Bell Choir and/or Sanctuary Choir, Sunday Bible Study, Book Club
Try something you have never done before or have not done recently - attend the Friday Night Dinners, volunteer to usher or help in creche, offer to serve as a co-opted member of a Session committee, attend a Challenger Little League game
The opportunities to serve are endless. The reward is the joy of sharing God’s love with each other and with the friends we have yet to meet. As we walk through this coming year together, remember the words of Isaiah in chapter 6 - “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’” God calls each one of us. May our answer always be, “Here am I; send me.”
May God bless each and every one in the New Year.
See you in church!
Ethelyn L. Fulton, Clerk of Session