A welcoming attitude
“When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.” Acts 15:4
This verse is an illustration of Christians welcoming other Christians. In this passage, “they” are Paul, Barnabas, and others traveling to Jerusalem on a mission for the newly formed church. It reminds us to be welcoming in general, but also to welcome and serve workers in the church. Whether it’s a missionary, an elder, or anyone who works for the church, he or she is to be welcomed by other church workers and fellow believers.
To all who have extended that welcoming attitude to us, we offer sincere thanks and appreciation. As we begin to "settle in," we are looking forward to the promise the new year holds, and we see great potential for praising and glorifying God through the music ministry at Sharon Church ... and we thank God for the opportunity to serve.
"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:7
So in the new year, it is our turn to extend a welcoming attitude to you. We welcome all who have faithfully participated and shared their talents to grow with us as we prepare new and exciting music for Lent and Easter. To those who are not currently participating, we invite you to join us in the music ministry – if you like to sing, or if you play an instrument, or if you would like to ring handbells – please prayerfully consider becoming a member of one of our ensembles. (Treva and I are very pleased that we will soon have several new members in the bell choir!)
Wishing you peace
“And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.” 1 Samuel 25:6
Peace. It's a simple and easy way to foster a welcoming attitude. As we focus on peace in our hearts, our homes, and in the words we say, everyone around us feels welcome.
We wish you peace in the new year, and a year filled with wonderful songs of prayer and praise. God's peace be with you.
Yours in Christ's service,
Mark and Treva
Mark and Treva are looking forward to walking this musical journey with all of you!
As we begin, we know that some are hoping to preserve a tradition to which they have clung for many faithful years, and some are hoping to break into something very different from past ways. Yet this we have in common: a desire to serve the Living God with what we have and with who we are. Let us enter into this call with excitement, dedication, and joy!
We ask for everyone’s help. We ask those of you who feel called to serve in music ministry to come see what the different choirs are all about. The Bell Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:15 pm, and the Chancel Choir immediately following at 7:30 pm. We also rehearse at 9 am Sunday mornings. Are you an instrumentalist? Or maybe only want to sing for holidays? We welcome you as well! We do not require experience or explanations; just a desire to serve God through music.
For those of you who are not musically inclined, we ask for prayer. Please pray for God to provide direction for Mark and Treva as they transition into this new position. Please pray for the leadership at SCPC- Elders, Deacons, Committee Members, and Staff- that they might discern God’s will in the coming season. And please pray for the congregation of SCPC as they live into God’s call for them.
As we begin this journey, we invite you to consider this prayer from Howard Thurman, a gifted pastor who was a spiritual mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Teach me, my Father, that I might learn with the abandonment and enthusiasm of Jesus, the fresh new accent, the untried melody, to meet the need of the untried morrow. Thus, I may rejoice with each new day and delight my spirit in each fresh unfolding. I will sing, this day, a new song unto Thee, O God.
– From Meditations of the Heart (Thurman, Boston: Beacon Press, 1953)
In joyful anticipation of our partnership,
Mark Gulden and Treva Rousseau
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