Words from the Pastor - May 2015
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14-16).
The word “light” is used several times by Jesus as a symbol for God’s message to humanity. He says, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). But, in Matthew, he also says, “You are the light of the world.” We follow Jesus and take his message into our heart and soul. We then can reflect it to the world around us. A few years ago, many of the outside lights on the church building had gone out and we had them all replaced. Now, the building is lit up at night including the large stained glass window facing Marshall St. Lights on the building are good symbolism. They say, “The church is open for business.” The stained glass windows tell the story of Jesus. But, the most important lights we have are us, the members of Christ Church who represent Christ to each other and to the community we serve.
Many of you have received phone calls about attending a “neighborhood meeting” during the month of May. I hope you will say “yes” and attend one that will fit your schedule. These meetings are an important tool to strengthen and renew our connections to each other. They will help us add some power to our “light.”
We recently welcomed Donna Mosebach as our Director of Christian Education. She is working a number of activities this month and in the months to come. Please consider offering your help in some capacity during our August Vacation Bible School. Check out details in the May issue of the Courier.
“Experiment in Worship” continues to meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 6:00 pm. Different people have been sharing about their spiritual journeys. Also, we welcomed several musicians and formed an impromptu band last time. It was a lot of fun. We hope to begin spreading flyers about the service in the community in the next few weeks.
Many of you are shining the “light” in so many ways -- both within the life of the congregation and beyond. Thank you for all you do. Please offer prayers for both those shining the light of Christ and those receiving it in the days to come.