Reflection: Our calling is to listen to the voice of God, often hidden in everyday experience, and then follow God’s guidance, shaping our encounters with God in our own unique ways.
After encountering Jesus, Philip invites Philip to become part of the Jesus movement. “Come and see,” Philip tells his brother. Sharing good news is about inviting others to share in the joys we have experienced.
Good news is embodied in the person of Jesus – his words, deeds, and presence. Good news is embodied in us – our words, deeds, and presence. Our hospitality is the greatest testimony to the love of God and the welcoming spirit of our congregation.
God is constantly speaking, and occasionally to you. The church is challenged to be a place of listening, sharing, and supporting, fully committed to a whole person mission. When we experience God’s presence, our calling is to share the good news we’ve received.
As we mark once more the mystery of the Word made flesh, let us join together with the songs of angels and saints and make this creation ring with our carols and hymns of praise.
While I was pondering with the theme of my message, I came to a renewal of spiritual appreciation that we should “Give thanks to the one whose power has made us the children of God.” Our salvation is an initiative God has planned for each and everyone of us. I also believe that God’s infinite goodness brings JOY to our lives. JOY has a much deeper meaning for it is a quality which originates in the heart and by the power of the Spirit. JOY is eternal. JOY is what Christians have.
Give Thanks! These powerful words mean so much to me when I see you extend your stewardship to our faithful community to fulfill its mission. I am so grateful for all that you do to keep our parish congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church.
Embracing an active participation in our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.
Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful Christmas season. May God bless you with a loving soul this new year.
Christmas Special Events
Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service: 7:00pm – Carol Singing
7:30- Holy Communion and Candle Lighting Service.
Dec. 25th – 10:00am – Christmas Morning Eucharist.
We encourage everyone to bring your family and loved ones to our Services.
Welcome to St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant! Christmas is a very special time for children. Today, our special gift to you is a journey back in time to the very first Christmas when God gave us the best gift of all.
Christmas is about the story we know well — It all started with a girl named Mary who was engaged to a man named Joseph. Along with the lambs, the kings, and angels. But as I continue to reflect this third week in advent, could we just ask ourselves and know more about who is sitting around you as you watch the Christmas Pageant retold. Also, I think that it is about gathering together around the manger and praying for ourselves, our loved ones and our church family.
Perhaps its time to remember again that love and faith can create miracles. We remember each other, far away or down the street. Brought together shoulder to shoulder in the dark, away from the noise of our daily lives; we remember our similarities far outnumber our differences, and that each of us belong to this church family.
I hope we can all find time to remember the people who’ve come before us, surround us today, and those we have yet to meet. The love and care of family, baptized in the community of Jesus, bonded in love and memory, and witness to miracles. That is my wish for all of us as we celebrate together and once more witness our children re-tell the story of Jesus to all of us.
Thank you! I just wanted to say thank you to each and every member of our parish congregation. I may not be able to say these powerful words personally to all of you in the next week or so. I deeply appreciate all that you do to keep our congregation faithful to its calling and assisting me carry out the various ministry of our church. Embracing an active participation in Our Savior’s birth can profoundly change your perspective! May God continue to bless you and your family. Merry Christmas! Fr. Louie and Family.