"For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Cor. 4:6)
Blessings to you in this Christmas season! In the Christmas story, we hear of the glory of the Lord appearing to the poor shepherds through an angelic chorus that sings God's praises and proclaims God's peace. When you and I accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are surrendering our lives to God so that the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" may shine in and through our hearts.
This is what Jesus is referring to in the Sermon on the Mount when he says , "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16) The "light" is not self-generated, self-aggrandizing light. The light is the grace and love of God. When the Gospel of John describes the Incarnation of God in Christ, he says, "The true light , which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world." We are all called to receive and share this light in every dimension of our lives.
Every Christmas season, we share the light of Christ not only through worship and acts of mercy but also through our special emphasis on year-end giving. Thousands of United Methodist congregations such as ours pool our resources to support missionaries, relief efforts, seminaries, schools and orphanages, homes for the elderly, hospitals and clinics, new churches, ministerial education, and a host of other ministries through which we offer the light of Christ to the world.
In addition to our traditional Christmas envelop offering, many Trinitarians make special year-end gifts to the church. Some persons prepay their pledge for the next year; some simply want to give a "second-mile" gift to express their gratitude to God. If you have not sent in your Discipleship Card for 2014, call Tanya at the Church office at 892-8121, ext. 118 and she will help you. On behalf of Trinity Church, I want to thank you for your faithfulness to Christ's ministries.
As we look forward to the New Year, may God bless each of us to discover, or re-discover, that "it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!"
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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