Christmas Greetings from Paul and Janet Leeland
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and The judgments he uttered.The emotions expressed in the canticle help us to appreciate the reverence of the magi and shepherds at the birth of Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit exclaimed with a loud cry at the visit of Mary, “Why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” This is our question also, how is it that the Lord God has come to us? Christmas reminds us, it is true, God is with us. My prayer is that we will recognize the Presence of God among us each moment; our hearts will be filled with joy; those who preach this good news will be strengthened by wonder and happiness; and that we might live the Gospel life until God’s return in glory. Elizabeth continues her words of pleasure at Mary’s visit by acknowledging Mary’s obedience to God, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Lk. 1:45). May it be so with us as well – that we might be blessed this Christmas season by God for believing all that has been spoken to us. Merry Christmas, Paul and Janet Leeland
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.