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Moderator Issues Christmas Message
04 May 1996 20:36:46
95450 Moderator Issues Christmas Message
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Marj Carpenter, the moderator of the 207th General
Assembly (1995), has released the following Christmas message:
"Silent night, holy night..."
It never seems to be silent. Right when we were rejoicing over
changes in Malawi and South Africa, things worsened in Rwanda,
Guatemala, Zaire and Jerusalem.
"All is calm, all is bright..."
Nothing seems calm. The church is anticipating an uneasy General
Assembly. But the church is showing a renewed enthusiasm about
mission, both in this country and abroad. And that's a bright spot.
"Round yon Virgin, mother and child..."
Help us to remember to concentrate on what Christmas is really all
about, not the frenzy of activities, but the love that is needed
"Holy infant, so tender and mild..."
Oh yes, the Christ child was born -- every year we get to greet that
wonderful beginning of hope again.
"Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace."
And "Hark the herald angels sing: Glory to the newborn king..."
There is a renewed interest in angels nowadays but everybody seems to
want to pull out a guardian angel to protect themselves. They forget
about the angels singing about the newborn king. Selfishness is rampant
both as individuals and as a country. It's frightening.
"Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled..."
Nobody even seems to want to admit they are a sinner. And we all are.
"Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies..."
Wouldn't it be wonderful if nations would rise in something besides
anger and war?
"With the angelic host proclaim: Christ is born in Bethlehem!' Hark the
herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king."
Somehow this time of year, I always feel again that everything is
going to be all right.
As your moderator, in getting about the church -- and getting about as
I have done -- I feel a strong certainty that everything is going to be
The church is alive and well in the world, and I'm tired of hearing
God bless you every one, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.
Think mission and love the Lord.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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