God Rest Ye Merry Gentlepeople,
I don’t know about you, but I am still coasting on the Christmas weekend. Our Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols graced with the beautiful voice of Carly Ozard followed by our joyful Christmas Day Hymn and Song Sing made up of congregational requests and stories made my heart sing. The Christmas Pageant section from Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown brought belly laughs. Not to mention butchering “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney, “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder, and the novelty song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.
In person and online, we gathered together as through the generations. Indeed, the light has come and shines brightly over 1130 Balclutha! Or rather, continues to break through.
In the opening passage of the Gospel of John 1:1-4—”1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all creation”—John suggests that the cosmic Christ has been with us always. A ray of light that has been refracted through a prism, bringing us all the colorful spectrum of creation of which we are a part. God’s rainbow promise and indwelling.
When we next see each other, it will be New Year’s Day. We each have our own ways of celebrating. Some drink champagne, some eat Hoppin’ John, some go to “Watch Night” service, some write down thoughts to release to the ether. Bring whatever that is with you on Sunday at 10 am, and we will celebrate together.
See you in 2023!
Rev. Michael Cronin