Greetings from the Moderator DECEMBER 2019
The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
In 1963, Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote, and Andy Williams sang the Christmas hit, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The song speaks of “jingle-belling”, “marshmallow toasting”, “mistltoeing”, “party hosting”, and “carol singing” in an effort to evoke joy in the hearts of the hearers. Admittedly, for various reasons, this is not a joyous time of year for everyone. And yet, when we think about the goodness and grace of God, we will realize that every one of us has been blessed with the gift of the coming Christ.
When we think about the promises of God, we realize that is, indeed, a wonderful time of year. This time of year intentionally reminds us that our Savior came, comes and will come into the world. The Christian calendar does a beautiful job of helping us to appreciate the life of Christ and it provides lenses through which Christians can view and move through of our lives. A look at the liturgical calendar reminds us that without Christmas, there is no Easter. Without the penitence of Lent, we could break under the guilt of Good Friday. Without Good Friday, we miss the power of Resurrection Sunday. Without pondering on Christ the King Sunday, other “kings” may rule our lives. Without the reflection of Advent, we miss out on the preparation for Christmas. When we prepare during Advent, the presence of Christ becomes the focus of our celebrations and the presents we give and receive become a lesser priority.
I am excited about this time of year! As we enter this season, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 2019 Moderator of the Central Florida Presbytery. It has been a humbling experience and a wonderful gift. I have enjoyed serving with you. I have been blessed to meet new friends and colleagues along the way. I look forward to the leadership of our new Moderator, Pat Zinn and to our continued service together through the Presbytery.
This season and the year to come provides an opportunity for us to celebrate and to serve the One who came down that we might have love, joy, peace and hope. I look forward to unwrapping the gifts of renewing hope, sustaining peace, strengthening joy and life-giving love. May the love of God, the presence of Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit enable us all to receive and embrace these gifts as we travel through Advent, Christmas and the coming year! May we – individually and collectively - serve as instruments of God’s peace and conduits of God’s grace, every day; every step of the way.
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Erika Rembert Smith