First Presbyterian Church’s Handbell Choir, directed by Cathy Ferrand Bullock, has become extremely popular in Cache Valley and has a reputation for excellence in a variety of music– religious, patriotic, classical, or show tunes. More than twenty ringers comprise the interfaith group, enjoying the challenging teamwork of playing four octaves of bells and chimes. Anyone is welcome to join when vacancies occur. The bell choir plays several times a year during worship services at the Church, as well as for Christmas programs at the Logan Tabernacle, and for other organizations.
Paul’s Message: A Pondering Christmas
“But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.”
(Luke 1:29 NRSV)
Let’s take a cue from Mary this year. Let’s ponder.
When Gabe the angel came visit, he opened this everyday conversation with, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
Of course, this wasn’t an everyday conversation. It’s not every day that an angel chats with an young teenage girl in a small town far from the center of anything. It was an extraordinary conversation. Mary knew it. It perplexed her. What did she do? She pondered.
It’s easy to go through this season without pondering. There is so much to do. There are so many carols to sing, so many gifts to wrap, so many parties, and gatherings, and concerts, and on and on. It’s easy to wake up in January having celebrated much, but pondered little.
For some of us, the season is a little more blue. We are supposed to be happy. We do our best to put a smile on our face. We try and get into the spirit of things. But on the inside, the more we try and be happy, the more we slide into the darker corners of our hearts. We grieve the loss of a loved one, or struggle with an inner hurt. We wake up in January, emotionally wrung out from a holiday known for joy.