Written by Barbara F. Aspinall - January 2023
We have just come through the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest seasons of our year. The church has been telling the story of the birth of Jesus and our families have been busy with preparations and celebrations. We all get caught up in expectations of perfect pageantry, performances and presents. We have no training in acting and not much musical ability yet we want to attend and participate in the concerts, pageants and shows of the season. I think we just want to be part of a great story. Church attendance and commitment over the Christmas season indicates that our congregation wants to be part of it, too. We want the story of God coming into the world to mean something to us, to touch us, to change our lives.
Though the story of Christmas is almost over for this year, the story of God coming into the world is not, by any means, over. The story continues in Scripture through the New Testament; it continues through the church year with Epiphany and Lent and Easter and Pentecost; and it continues by the Holy Spirit’s work in the world through history and today. The continuing story of God’s activity in the world may not be as sentimentally appealing as the Christmas story; it may not require costumes, but the church is not finished telling about the love of God and not finished showing the presence of God, and God is certainly not finished with this world of ours.
Be part of the story at church; be part of the story of Emmanuel – God in the world.
Yours in Christ,
Barbara F. Aspinall