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What Shall We Bring? What if we are the light of the world?


 


Dear Ones,


Fall greetings to all of you! As our stewardship focus draws to a close with the blessing of our pledges for the coming year, voting in new consistory members and committee member, and voting in a budget for the coming year, let’s take a notice of God’s presence in our process. Matthew 5:14 is a familiar verse, as the bulletin insert for the first Sunday of November puts it, “heard with fresh ears.” Matthew’s Jesus claims each one of us. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill that cannot be hid.” Jesus claims us and sets us in community like light on a hill that cannot be hid.


 


Read again these words from our stewardship materials. “I was wondering how it might feel to hear Jesus tell you that you are the light of the world.” The room went silent for a moment. Then an 8 year old girl raised her hand, “Do you mean me?” She looked around the room at the other kids gathered, “do you mean us? Do you mean we can light up the world?” One child very seriously responded, “This is a big responsibility.” The kids all nodded in agreement. Another child spoke into the silence, “I think we can do it, ya’ll.”


 


What if that is our next question after “What shall we bring?” What might it feel like if each one of us was told by Jesus that we are the light of the world? What might it feel like to know that? What night it be like to live our coming year in that context? We are the light of the world, like a city built on a hill that cannot be hid! Our community is looking to us to be the light, to share God’s love that brings the light into the world starting here in this community!


 


I think we can do it, ya’ll! God is with us!


Blessing,


 




 



 





 






 




 



 


 




 




 












 


 




 




 




 




 








 


  


 





 


 




 




 



 






Reverend Deborah Tyler is our fulltime permanent pastor.  Reverend Tyler's responsibilities include:
  • Leading and preaching in the congregation’s worship services
  • Administering church business and overseeing the church staff
  • Working with the congregation’s governing board and its program committees
  • Overseeing the preparation of the worship bulletin and newsletter
  • Visiting members who are hospitalized, home bound and are nursing facility residents
  • Conducting funerals for members and friends of the congregation
  • Officiating at weddings for members and friends of the congregation
  • Providing counseling and making appropriate referrals
  • Teaching Confirmation/new member class for youth and adults
  • Maintaining a collegian relationship with the area clergy association


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