Christmas is always an exciting time of the year. This Christmas will also be a very musical one at the Kirk. As well our two Christmas services, on the 10th Dec we are celebrating our annual choral service, on the 13th Dec the PWA are hosting the Mirrabooka Singers, and on the 23rd of Dec we are holding a community carols service in the Kirk. Music is one of God’s many blessings to us and so this Christmas period will be a time of special joy.
This year we have also had the joy of starting a new church service that includes contemporary worship and a small band. We are fortunate to have SJ coordinate this worship and to have talented musicians, including SJ, Heather Moen-Boyd, and Jess Luo, who faithfully serve us each week. We also welcomed some younger musicians from MCB throughout the year.
Last year, when I was in San Antonio for my studies, I purchased a bass guitar for use in our contemporary service. I am enjoying learning to play but I must confess that it will be several years before I have the confidence of playing in public. I am inspired to persevere because of the example of our dear brother Tig Thomas who learnt to play classical guitar (which I understand is much more difficult than base guitar) late in his life. He once told me he was learning to play but it was only at his memorial service this year that I learned how dedicated he was and how much perseverance he had displayed. Knowing Tig, I am not surprised.
Over the past few months in church we have been studying the letter to the Hebrews. Here we are told to consider those who have gone before us and to run the race of perseverence in the Christian faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). This year, two of our beloved members, Helen Williams and Tig Thomas, have finished their race of perseverance. We are encouraged to follow their example as they themselves followed the Lord. As a church, we give thanks to God for the blessing it has been to witness their journey.