Dear Members & Friends of Zion Church:
By the time you receive this note, we shall already have begun our Interim Ministry together. As 2020 commences, so we all turn a new, fresh page on our life journeys.
And so does your congregation. While sometimes we enter a New Year with fear and trepidation, I pray that we enter this coming year with optimism and hope and kindness. Certainly, our world needs so much of each.
Perhaps you are familiar with the much-loved prayer of theologian, civil rights leader, and former Chaplain of Boston University, Rev Howard Thurman, who wrote:
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among peoples,
To make music in the heart.
Yes, the work of Christmas now begins, as we search for kindly ways to “make music in the heart!”
Happy New Year to us all!
Pastor Bob Macfarlane
A footnote, from my earlier letter:
Briefly, my 3/4 time spent with you each week, will include:
- Preparation and leadership of Sunday Worship, working closely with your Secretary, Peggy.
- Visitation of the congregation, with priority given to hospitalized, Nursing Homes and Care facilities, new visitors, and regular members.
- Overseeing the administrative life of the Church, as Co-Chair of the Consistory with Dan Smith.
- Teaching a Confirmation Class, if there are enough youth to enroll
- Working closely with your Settle Pastor Search Team, along with the congregation, to create an updated Church Profile, and to search for the best settled Pastor you can
In order to get to know you all as quickly as possible, it has been my habit to send out a brief weekly email — a couple of pictures and a couple of paragraphs of life about the Parish.
The Church Office has only a few of your emails, so please, phone Peggy and let her know of your email address as soon as possible.