Many of the things we do as a church make a huge difference though we may not realize it. Last month, Florence and Ray Vincent shared a Christmas letter their son wrote full of memories of our church.
Their son, Steve, wrote that in our church “all the members were a large part of our lives…although maybe a bit reluctantly when we hit our teens!” He “remembered Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, singing in the Choir and the heavenly sound that the choir made.” He remembers that being centered in the church life meant the deeper meaning of Christmas always came through.
Christmas Eve during his childhood meant “caroling the Hollow with candles, arriving at the church for a live outdoor nativity scene with the oldest children playing Mary and Joseph, the laughter for the children’s moment, listening to the choir, giving the offering, and the most beautiful of all, the singing of Silent Night by candle light. As everyone was leaving the service the church bell was rung and it seemed to ring so the whole world could hear it. Then there was the year Ruth Bull permitted me to ring the bell – I’m the coolest guy ever!”
It takes a whole church to bless us all. When we faithfully are the church we bless people near and far. Never discount how asking a young person to ring the bell or teaching Sunday school or singing in worship impacts others.
The whole letter from Steve Vincent is posted on our bulletin board by the lift, as a gift to all of us.
Grace and Peace, Kim