Dear Members & Friends,

At the moment, Howard Thurman’s poem keeps ringing between my ears. It’s a Christmas poem, but seems so applicable to me for the day after the election:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the 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 people,
To make music in the heart.

The election is over. The hard work of the church in the midst of a divided, distrustful, and fearful nation is now more critical than ever. We will do what we do best. We will do what Jesus did – find the lost, heal the broken, feed the hungry, release the prisoner, rebuild the nation, bring peace among people, and make music in the heart.

Whether your heart is light or burdened, come this Sunday we will continue to sing God’s praise, proclaim the gospel, teach our children of God’s love, care for one another, house the homeless, take in the refugee, and protect the vulnerable. It is the work and the witness of a people who trust that, in life and in death, all we have and all we are belongs to God.

See you in worship this Sunday, as we recommit our resources and our lives to the work of Christ’s church.

Grace & Peace,


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