Centerport United Methodist Church
            The Pastors' messages comes from the January issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.

Light Sings

 

This time of year always makes me reflect. While spending so much time alone this season, I have been struck by the concept of light. When it gets dark, I love to see the colors in the sky around dusk. We have had some amazing sunsets this past month. And how about that special “star” in the sky? Really, Jupiter and Saturn aligning from our vantage point to make a very bright light in the sky. And of course, our sanctuary full of lights this season. Since we had to be separated for worship, the next best thing was to flood the sanctuary with lights representing all of us. Singing Silent Night with the candlelight was beautiful. And the light shining through the darkness really caught my attention this year.

 

2020 has not been the brightest time in our lives. In fact, some have described it as the darkest time of their life. Darkness can be scary, lonely, and cold. But thank God we do not have to live in darkness. God promises to never leave us alone and the Christmas Season reminds us that Christ is the Light of the whole world. In fact, John 1 tells us that “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

 

And now we transition to a new season – Epiphany. The Wise Men followed a bright light in the sky to Bethlehem to find Jesus to pay him homage. They offered gifts and celebrated the arrival of the Light of the world. This gift of Light and Life makes my heart full. It gives us all the gifts of the Christmas Wreath wrapped up in one. Hope and Peace and Joy and Love, all ignited by Jesus. It makes me want to sing.

 

There are so many Christmas hymns and songs about light. But I have been thinking a lot lately about another song. When I was a little boy, my favorite thing to do was to play my parent’s records. I loved the music so much, I would sing for hours into the olive-green canister vacuum cord, like I was the next winner of American Idol. One of the first albums they “gave me” when I was just three years old was Love, Lines, Angles, and Rhymes by the Fifth Dimension. And one of my favorite songs on this album is called “Light Sings.”

 

5th Dimension — Light Sings

The sun comes up, the moon goes down, a new day's on it's way

The stars in the sky, are waving goodbye, and morning's here bringing in the day

Then the kids start to shout, Mother and Father, get up, And here's the sun

 

Light sings all over the world; Light sings all over the world

Light sings all over the world; Light sings all over the world; Light sings

 

The night is gone, The Light has come, a new day has begun

The weather is clear, and people appear, and morning's here calling everyone

Then the kids start to shout, brothers and sisters, come out, into the sun

 

Light sings all over the world; Light sings all over the world

Light sings all over the world; Light sings all over the world; Light sings Light sings

After the year we have had, let’s let light into our heart and soul. Let this light radiate all through us and back out into a world that needs this light. We have a chance every day to choose how we will live. Will we let the darkness, the challenges, the division own us, causing us to shut out and shut down? Or will we praise God and let light sing from our hearts? Will we let others see this light, helping to draw others to closer to God? I pray we Let Light Sing!

 

Blessings,


Pastor Roy



Schedule of Upcoming Key Events

 

Epiphany Schedule:

 

Sunday, January 10 – Baptism of the Lord; Remembering our Baptism

Sunday, January 17 – Human Relations Day

Sunday, January 24 – Answering that Call; Installation of Church Leaders

Sunday, January 31 – The Power of Christ

 

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SOCIAL JUSTICE - SO, WHAT CAN I DO?

 

 

Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?

 

 

You ca Learn more. A few resources are listed here: http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.

 

 

https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-privilege/.

 

 

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35. https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

 

 

3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half -minutes-ten-bullets.

 

 

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.

 

 

Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2016.

 

 

O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.

 

 

Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.

 

 

Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information to come.

 


Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
SO, WHAT CAN I DO?
Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information
to come