Dear Church Family,
My heartfelt thanks for all those who made our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols such a great time of worship and Gospel proclamation this past Saturday. Over 120 folks attended. The 16-voice choir had worked hard in preparation, and it sure sounded wonderful- as good as any church choir I’ve ever heard (and I say that as a rather fastidious musician). Then there was the addition of over 20 children from St. Matthew’s and Canterbury Classical School for a special rendition of The Friendly Beasts, accompanied by excellent guitarist Mark Bumgarner. Also to be thanked are the many folks that helped provide refreshments, who helped in the kitchen, who ushered, who read, and a number of other background roles. I do appreciate the thanks people have given to me for pulling it all together: I fully recognize that this kind of thing is a team effort, and all the efforts of all the people combined to make it a truly wonderful evening.
That sort of teamwork is also described by Saint Paul in his Body-of-Christ metaphor, expressed in Ephesians 4:11-16:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head- Christ- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Let us continually remember that we need each other, and that a church’s witness is only as strong as when each member allows the Holy Spirit to empower him or her to serve using all of our spiritual gifts.
In gratitude to Christ for you all,