by Pastor Ruth Denboer
Here we are, busy preparing for our annual Singing Christmas Tree. The SCT has been a Calvary Temple Christmas blessing to our community since the early 70’s. Many times people will recognize the name of our church by making the connection to the SCT. As many of you know, the choir starts practicing way back in early September, and the songs are carefully chosen for each Christmas tree back in early summer. There are many, many hours of labor from many, many angles that allow the tree to happen each year.
So why? Why do we put in all the time and effort? Some may even argue it’s not a good use of time.
However, when I read through the scripture passages for this week … my heart couldn’t help but rejoice! We are so privileged to be a part of something so God honoring in our community. As I read the Psalms I realize we are indeed fulfilling the commands of scripture.
Psalm 96:1 Sing a new song to the lord! Let the whole earth sing to the lord!
2 Sing to the lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4 Great is the lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.
Psalm 98:1 Sing a new song to the lord, for he has done wonderful deeds.
4 Shout to the lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!
Psalm 100:1 Shout with joy to the lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.
I also felt the combination of the passages that were chosen for this week’s readings had significant meaning. The story in Luke reminds me that it’s not what we do that matters … it’s the heart we do it with. The woman is commended for giving her all. Although it was condemned by some as very little … she gave all she had, with a grateful heart. Jesus was blessed by her gift of love.
That is my prayer for this year’s Singing Christmas Tree. May we all give our best out of a heart of love. That’s all that is needed. God will do the rest! Each year people find Jesus through the Singing Christmas Tree. How thankful we should be that we are given this amazing opportunity to make Jesus known in our community!