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Singing In God's Choir                       December 24, 2014

Dear friends,

It was the shortest day of the year. With a nod to the winter solstice,
and the desire to celebrate God's faithfulness, the chorus' director, Andrew
Howell, stepped up and took center stage. With a smile that went from
ear to ear, he welcomed the audience and invited us to join in the fun.

Christmas Pops is a tradition for many in Westerly that goes back several
years. Last week the 194 member chorus and the wonderful pops orchestra
gave a performance that made the year's longest night seem short. The
music was inspiring and I heard lots of people humming as they left the hall.

Andrew has a way of making people feel welcome. His affable charm
just seems to permeate the air of the George Kent Performance Hall.
At several points during the concert he invited the audience to sing along.
He brought us right in and made us part of the performance.

At one point we were engaged to clap with the music and I looked around
and everyone had a smile on their face as they participated in the fun.
That's when I thought to myself, this must have been what God envisioned
when he invited Abraham to walk with him.

At the heart of our Judeo-Christian heritage is this understanding that
God reached out to us and invited us to participate in his plan for the
creation. He put the stars in the heavens. We see his handiwork all
around us. Yet God is still at work. His song is still being sung.

Just like Andrew did the other night, God turns to us and invites us to
sing his song of justice, mercy and grace. God sends us out as ambassadors
of reconciliation and hope. He calls us to live in such a way that his love
will be reflected through us.

As we get ready to enter a new year, I invite you to pause and listen for
the still small voice of God. It may be a gentle nudge that prompts you
to do something for someone else. It may be the voice of an angel
reminding you that God has good news to share. When God gives
you the cue, don't hesitate, just sing and let God do the directing.

Happy New Year! See you in church.
Cal