With our celebration of the Baptism of the Lord this weekend the Christmas Season comes to its liturgical close. On behalf of the parish I extend our gratitude to the many, many people who helped make our parish celebration of Christmas so beautiful and meaningful.
It takes a parish to tend to all of the details of a celebration as big and as important as Christmas. Many parishioners have played a role in our celebrations. To our Arts and Environment Committee which transformed the church almost overnight from the simplicity of Advent to the glory of Christmas, to the members of the Pastoral Council who oversaw the erection of the stable and the beautiful outdoor Nativity display, to our musicians, cantors and choirs who created heavenly sounds throughout the season, to the all of our liturgical ministers who were available for the many services, to those who cared for the sacristy and altar linens making sure there was always an ample supply, to Fr. Bonke and Seminarian Michael Prakasam for all of their assistance, and to all who helped make our celebrations both joyful and prayerful by their presence – Thank You!
As the New Year begins the challenge placed before all of us is to follow Jesus with an always more lively faith. I had suggested that we use our Parish Mission Statement as a source for setting New Year’s Resolutions for 2019. We don’t want our Mission Statement to be simply letters printed on a page, but a way of life for each and every one of us who call Christ the King our home.
As we enter the New Year we will look at each part of our Mission Statement and reflect on how we can live this part of the statement in our daily lives. Our Mission Statement begins with this
“We strive to worship God in Word and Sacrament…” May we commit ourselves to faithful attendance and active participation at Sunday Mass. Each of our Masses should be filled if every parish household would take this commitment seriously. May we make this a fundamental resolution for the New Year. For parishioners already faithfully participating in Sunday Mass, the Mission Statement may challenge us to better preparation for Mass by spending time reading and reflecting on the Scriptures for Sunday Mass during the week.
If all parishioners would commit to living just this first part of our Mission Statement, Christ the king would be fundamentally transformed in 2019!
And so… See You at Mass!