Pastor's Message

Pastors Message

Senior Pastor, Reverend Dr. Alice Purvis
Reverend Dr. Alice Purvis
Isaiah 9:6 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

As a High School student in White City, Kansas, every year our vocal music director, Mrs. Effland, presented "The Messiah" by Handel. It was one of the biggest performances of the year for our little community and there was always a full house. To this day I still enjoy listening to The Messiah and find myself singing along with the parts I remember.

In fact even in reading scripture I will find myself singing the words rather than just reading them. I am struck by this for several reasons. First it is simply the joy it has brought me for so many years. The memory of being a part of our school's presentation, the joy of the music itself. Then the joy of a connection to something greater than myself. Something that has continued in my life that honestly, I always hope and wish others could understand.

It is such a declaration "For unto us a Son is given!!!" There is a power in the words and the music. Now I'm sure some folks don't prefer that style of music, but consider this for a moment, something that might even be of greater importance.

Mrs. Effland, who I knew to be a faithful Christian and an excellent teacher of vocal music, challenged us, pushed us and exposed us to something that otherwise most kids would have never encountered. She planted in us scriptural truths of faith AND a confidence to step out where maybe we wouldn't have otherwise. Granted this was in an era where this type of music in school settings was more accepted. But still she had the choice. I remember how much work it was and can only imagine there were other options that were likely easier!

So, I wonder, what if we do the same. Take that more difficult road. Not all of us are in a position to teach the Messiah! But all of us are located where there are other people, children, those in need, who will observe our lives, and will be impacted by what we do and don't do. They will learn from what they see in our lives what we believe is important. What if this Christmas all of us considered asking the Lord, what are you calling me to today? Then making a commitment to follow through.

It is possible that we each one could become in some way the Mrs. Effland in someone else's life. It is very possible that we could be the conduit that helps plant an understanding of God in someone else. Probably about the best Gift we can give.

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Alice