Howard Thurman has written beautiful words which cause us to think about where we go after Christmas.
When the song of the angels is stilled
when the star in the sky is gone
when the kings and the 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.
We have celebrated the birth of Christ during this Advent and Christmas season. Now let’s do the work of Jesus as a New Year begins. Worship and fellowship together on January 1 will be a great way to launch the New Year.
On New Year’s Day we will have one combined worship service. This service will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We are creating a church-wide fellowship time that morning in the gathering area outside the Fellowship Hall. The fellowship begins at 10:30. Worship on that day will have a very relaxed feel to it as we move from the fellowship time into worship to sing along with the piano and with our entire church family. My message is called “Where Do You Live?” from Philippians 3:12-14 and it will focus on the possibilities of the New Year. Our television broadcast on that day will be the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra “Christmas at First Baptist” musical program which was recorded on December 11.
We will have Sunday School on New Year’s Day. Because some Sunday School teachers may still be out on vacation, we are offering a special Chapel Sunday School class for any adult classes or individuals who want to participate. Our missionaries to the Honduras, Ernie and Allison Sizemore, will be teaching a class in the Chapel and will be talking about their mission work. Adults are invited to meet in your regular classes or to join in the Chapel class from 9:40 to 10:30 when the fellowship time begins.
The work of Christmas really begins as we keep the Christmas lights of our faith burning long after the decorations are taken down and we continue to sing the song of the angels after the Christmas music is over. Let’s begin that work together in the Fellowship Hall on New Year’s Day as we start a year that promises to be a very exciting one for First Baptist Church.