Our service on Christmas morning was an exquisite experience. To be part of such a wonderful family of people gathered in joy and celebration, to worship, to renew friendships, and to share in the awe of Christmas, was a delight.
I was reminded of how Eugene Peterson interprets Psalm 16:3 in The Message:
“And these God-chosen lives all around–what splendid friends they make”
Splendid friends indeed.
Our new minister began her journey with us on Christmas Day. Ministers in the Methodist Church of Southern African move to new appointments in December each year (our summer), and their first service is Christmas Day; pretty scary I’d think! But I hope and pray that the vibe we experienced would have given her a real sense of belonging to this new community of ‘splendid friends’.