23 May 2016

Vicar Mike's Newsletter Article for January 2016

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
(Psalm 95:1)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we begin a new year together, I want to take a step back and praise God for some of the wonderful ways God has been at work in this congregation.  We have a dedicated group of women who gather together to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  We had a lovely Christmas pageant with a large number of youth who did a wonderful job of telling the story of the first Christmas.

We have countless people of all ages in our congregation who are seeking to live out their faith in meaningful ways, often times through service.  This manifests itself in our youth through strong participation in events such as Work Camp.  It also is evident in the large number of volunteers we have to help with Family Promise, and Emmanuel Dining Room, and numerous other opportunities for service both inside and outside the walls of this congregation.

The past month or so has been full of many wonderful blessing for me in both my personal life and my ministry.  So I also want to sing a song of praise to the Lord as well.  The seasons of Advent and Christmas have been full of singing to the Lord between our Advent mid-week services, Christmas caroling, services full of carols and special music, and much much more.  It is my hope that the joyful singing which is quite easy to do in December, may continue this month and throughout the rest of the year.  For Christ has come and dwells among us always.  The rock of our salvation is here.  Come, let us sing to the lord.       

God’s peace be with you,

Vicar Mike

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