“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