Mid-December 2017 - A Note from Pastor Steve

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Praise God with drum and dance!
Praise God with strings and pipe!
Praise God with loud cymbals!
Praise God with clashing cymbals!

Psalm 150:4-5 (CEB)

I am one of those people who like to listen to Christmas music throughout the year. It reminds me of happy memories, but also of the collision between the sacred and the secular -- the way in which faith informs popular culture and vice versa. However, I tend to be fairly picky about the seasonal music for which I do and do not care. “The Little Drummer Boy” is one of my least favorite Christmas songs. It was written in 1941 and first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers (who inspired the musical “The Sound of Music”). But I’ve truly never understood the appeal of a song that describes a drum being played in close proximity to a newborn baby, with the mother nodding in approval.

But this is the world into which the Christ child is being born -- two thousand years ago and today. A world of messiness and noise. A world of disruption and disarray. A world of hatred and war. And yet, into this cacophony, the Prince of Peace enters. And just as the newborn child is not distressed by the banging drum, Jesus’s mission was never diminished by the topsy-turvy world in which he found himself. He shared God’s message of love and compassion -- preaching it most freely to those who needed it most deeply.

The little drummer boy could have stood silent for fear of disturbing the child. For any other child in the history of the world, that would have been the wise decision. But, for Jesus, he felt that he needed to give forth his offering. May each of us not choose silence for fear of disruption or for fear of not playing well enough. May each of us err on the side of noise and action in praise and response, confident that our savior will receive our gifts and transform them into works that will change the world.

An advent peace be with you,
Pastor Steve

December 14, 2017 - 12:00 am

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