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My favorite hymn verse in all of Christendom is the final verse of Christina Rosetti’s "In the Bleak Midwinter." It reads:
What can I give Him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
There’s one thing I’m sure of, as each of you are leading worship arts ensembles of every kind in churches large and small across America to prepare for Advent and Christmas — you are giving your heart. And you are enabling the disciples in your charge to give their hearts in everything you do. The work you are doing will bless, heal, and enliven the hearts of those who worship with you. Can we imagine that the heart of the body of our Risen Christ is beating stronger, and that even the heart of God is blessed by our offerings?
Ours is heart-lifting, life-changing, disciple-making work and The Fellowship believes it is critically important. We believe that it has, and is, and will make a world of difference, that you are making a world of difference by your faithful service. It is our mission to support you as you do it.
Therefore, it’s my joy to invite you, as you give your heart this Advent and Christmas season, to give your financial support to the work of The Fellowship. If you believe that ours is critically important work, I invite you to join me, as together we put our money where our hearts are, by contributing to the Annual Fund which supports the day-to-day work of The Fellowship.
Finally, here’s a prayer, full of gratitude, from my heart to yours:
Holy One, your faithful servants return week after week to gather up and craft the gifts of your children into beauty to offer You in worship. By your Holy Spirit, turn the ordinary water of their creativity into the wine of gladness, that the hearts of all those who come near will be blessed, healed, and enlivened. Fill their hearts with so much love that it will overflow, without boundary or hindrance, into all the world. Amen.
Peace and every good to you, my friends,
Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor, President, The Fellowship