New Year blessings to you! I hope that during 2018 we experience God’s hopeful presence in a myriad of ways. May we, despite the continued chaos and brokenness of today’s world, discover new ways to bring God’s gracious love and peace into our own lives and the lives of others. When we get discouraged because there is so much more needed than what we can do may we become more grounded in our faith to persistently bring goodness into the world. As Mother Teresa said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Let’s work on filling an ocean!
Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to you!! This year on Christmas Eve we celebrate worshiping in our building for 100 years. Our Christmas Eve celebration at 5:00 pm will be filled with music, meaning, and joy.
In his 1917 Christmas message to Pilgrim members when the new church building was dedicated, Rev. Charles Thorp wrote, “The Christmas season, with its joyful message of the Eternal Love revealed in the coming of the Christ-Child brings wondrous relief to our war-clouded world. We renew our loyalty to the Prince of Peace and pledge every sacrifice until the war against barbarism shall be won and peace on earth through good will toward all (people) shall prevail to the ends of the earth…. In Christ we see the Father giving Himself, for humanity. And we, who follow the Christ, shall give ourselves, to live and proclaim the Christmas spirit, by daily lives of radiant faith and simple righteousness.” (Taken from the bulletin of Christmas Sunday, December 23, 1917 Dedicatory Morning Service.)
It is inspiring to witness faith enduring through a difficult time in history and amazing that his message given 100 years ago is so relevant yet in today’s world. I am thankful for all of the people in Pilgrim’s history who have lived out their faith so we can continue to do so today. I am also thankful for everyone who currently lives out their faith at and through Pilgrim to radiate God’s love, hope and peace in Jesus. I pray that as we enter 2018 we carry with us a deep knowing of God’s presence and a desire to generously do God’s work bringing these wonderful Christmas gifts into the world. God’s joy and peace be with you!