Westminster Bell Choir Christmas Concert

Dear FPC family and friends,
Our wonderful Westminster Bell Choir usually holds a Christmas Concert in the Logan Tabernacle this time of year.  For obvious reasons during the Covid pandemic there is no in-person concert this year.  Instead, the bell choir has produced an entire concert for you that is now available on YouTube.  Cathy and the ringers wanted to share their love of music and knew they had to produce something as a ‘gift’ to our faith community.  The concert is about 40 minutes long, and in addition to beautiful music it includes some thoughtful reflections from the bell ringers.  
I hope that you can find some time to enjoy this wonderful bell concert:https://youtu.be/7lasX1eBRNM
Many thanks to Cathy Bullock (Director of the Westminster Bell Choir) and the incredible ringers who worked for hours to practice for and produce this concert.  They recorded these pieces across many evenings over the last few weeks, oftentimes after a full day of work.  The importance of this season is certainly reflected in the beauty of their music.  And I think you’ll find it to be absolutely joyful.  A senior student at Utah State, Mr. Eric Price, was responsible for the bulk of the recording and editing of this video.  Many thanks to Eric for his hours of hard work.  Eric is finishing his studies in broadcast journalism and will be starting a job in Chattanooga, Tennessee in January of the new year.  We wish him well.
Sit back and enjoy some lovely music of the Advent and Christmas seasons.
May the joy and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all.
—Derek Forbes, on behalf of Cathy Bullock

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  • Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

    There is a beautiful piece of seasonal writing attributed to the theologian and civil rights leader Howard Thurman that you may have encountered in Christmases past. It’s entitled, “Now the Work of Christmas Begins.” Take in these words from the author:

    When the song of the angels is stilled,

    when the star in the sky is gone,

    when the kings and princes are home,

    when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

    the work of Christmas begins:

    to find the lost,

    to heal the broken,

    to feed the hungry,

    to release the prisoner,

    to rebuild the nations,

    to bring peace among the people,

    to make music in the heart.

    Indeed, this is the real work of Christmas. This is the work we discover in faith when we follow the light of Christ, which the darkness has not and will not overcome. In last Sunday’s Scripture passage, Luke records that Mary and Joseph were amazed at what was said about Jesus when they encountered Simeon in the temple in Jerusalem. On account of the angel Gabriel’s visit, Mary knew in the beginning that the child she would bear would be holy, but I wonder if she knew that this would be the character of His holy work? What a proud mother she must have been. What a nervous mother she must have been, watching her Son challenge the status quo as He lived in obedient faith to God, gently shepherding God’s people! Yes, this holy child will lead us – the Church – in finding, healing, feeding, releasing, rebuilding, and bringing peace. His story is ours to discover anew in the pages of the Gospel, the pages we will turn together in worship in the months to come. 

    Although the real work of Christmas is ours to offer another, let us also take to heart that it is also ours to receive as blessing and gift. At times we are lost, feeling broken, or living and praying for peace of mind or spirit. At times we sense that our lives are in need of rebuilding. As the great Henri Nouwen has observed, our own wounds may serve as a source of strength and healing in our own work of serving.

    My heart is full this holiday season. As may be true for you, I am holding joy and sorrow in the same chamber. I rejoice in what I hold dear, in the embrace of my loved ones in the home, and in the privilege of worshiping with you through a variety of experiences this December. I grieve with families who lost loved ones to Covid or other causes in 2020, and most recently, Pastor Derek’s family. I find joy in new traditions and customs that this holiday season has inspired. I long for loved ones who are no longer with us and who I remember especially at Christmas. My faith is wide enough to embrace these differing realities, to hold joy and sorrow in tandem. I pray yours is, too. 

    In faith, we will find, heal, feed, and rebuild, because Christ has first found us and embraced us with His healing presence. He feeds us with His Word and at table, in our hunger for bread that nourishes and lasts. In the grateful words of Martin Luther, “to you Christ is born. For this purpose Christ willed to be born, that through him we might be born anew. Christ must above all things become our own and we become his. See to it that you make this birth your own and that Christ be born in you.”

    Dear friends, Christ is born in us, and His love will guide and equip our ministry together in 2021. Pastor Derek and I look forward with anticipation to a new year of ministry with you. Let us follow the light of Christ together!  With joy, Pastor Meg

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