Howard Thurmond – theologian and civil rights leader- served as Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University 1953-1965 and penned these prophetic words that speak to us at this juncture of faith and the calendar:
“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 flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, tomake music in the heart.”
As we await the arrival of the magi– the three kings- on Epiphany and we prepare for our Annual Meeting, we are reminded of what the birth of Christ and the ministry of South Church is all about ~ sharing and spreading the gospel light. We look back upon our celebration of the Word becoming Flesh in Bethlehem . We look forward of how this transforming event will re-shape our lives in the new year. In a world greatly in need of care and compassion, civil discourse and genuine hospitality; we commit ourselves to go forth from the manger. The work of Christmas now begins.
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