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The Cantata

12.11.17 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

The Cantata

What a beautiful Sunday we had blessed by Scott's message and the choir's Christmas Cantata!  If you missed Scott's sermon, you can click on the link above to hear it in it's entirety.

The message of the day through the spoken word and song made me reflect back on a reading I saw a couple of weeks ago. I was reminded that a primary truth of Christianity is that God reaches us directly. No person is insulated.  God's love surrounds us just as the sunshine surrounds plants and trees. 

There is a difference however. Plants are penetrated by sunlight whether they want or not. Not so with God. He can only be received  when we offer our life, our heart and our praise. God comes only through doors that are purposely opened for Him. God may be "closer than breathing, nearer than hands or feet," and still be missed. 

My prayer for all this season is that each of you will pen your heart and life and praise to God whose Son's birth we celebrate.  

Many have asked about our process of interviewing for Youth and Adult Discipleship vacant positions. We are actively pursuing candidates for both positions. Both positions have had candidates who have had third interviews. We are excited about this activity. Please keep the process of discernment in your prayers.

Blessings, Patti

Rev. Patti Napier
Senior Pastor
Carmel UMC

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”   Amen.
Prayer by Henri Nouwen