On the cusp on another Christmas, we pray that the peace of Christ be known in our hearts and in our world.
This past Sunday we ended our worship with a congregational selfie, a.k.a., taking a family picture. It makes for a nice Christmas greeting card, but was also a way of joining with a movement expressing solidarity with refugees. Along with a banner of our church name, we held up a banner saying #wechoosewelcome. This hashtag started through Presbyterian Church USA, with an invitation for any congregation to join by taking a picture with such a banner and sharing it on social media. The picture is up and shareable on the CMC Facebook page. It’s a small but meaningful gesture toward spreading the kind of message we believe Jesus taught – and lived, as a refugee to Egypt fleeing Herod’s violent aggression toward boys born in Bethlehem.
May we welcome the Christ among us, even as we have been welcomed by Christ. A good Christmas to you.