Saturday, December 22, 2018
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
This very familiar verse of scripture from Isaiah foretells the birth of Christ. It is through the gift of music, however, that these words were magnified in Handel’s majestic oratorio Messiah. If you pause a moment you can hear the music playing in your heart and mind. Handel’s music helps us to remember the scripture, but what type of messiah was Isaiah trying to describe? He said a male child will be born and given all authority to rule, not as a warrior, but more benevolently as a peaceful leader and coequal to God the Father. This image differed substantially from the powerful king and military leader once envisioned by the Jewish people to restore their land to national greatness. Are we often guilty of misinterpreting God’s intentions? God’s plan doesn’t always fit into our timetable.
We are so blessed to have an outstanding music program at Trinity for all to enjoy. Each week throughout the year special music is performed during all services by talented musicians and singers to enhance the worship experience. This photograph illustrates the final preparations before a service of lessons and carols. The handbells are arranged, the piano and pipe organ are tuned, the Chrismon tree and Advent candles are placed. All is in readiness, but where are the performers and worshipers? Trinity United Methodist Church is not the brick building on Forest Avenue; it is the people within and our level of commitment as ambassadors for Christ. The stained glass window in the chancel illustrates Christ as the Good Shepherd always inviting us to follow him.
Advent is a season in celebration of Christ’s coming as God’s gift to the world and preparation for his expected return. Now is the time to reset your heart and mind back toward God’s will and way. Thanks be to God!