Presbyterian minister: An opportunity to serve
The story of Christmas is a tribute to ordinary people answering the call of God to achieve the extraordinary.
“Christmas is about opening ourselves to the possibility of being used by God, doing what we do best with remarkable success,” Rev Brenda Bullock, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, said in her Christmas message on Wednesday.
Preaching to the congregation at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, La Romaine, Bullock said the church was based on the faith of men and women who heard, heeded and acted upon the call and a willingness to serve the Lord.
Bullock cited the shepherds, who were called by the angels to visit the newborn baby Jesus in a manger.
“The angels went to the most unlikely people. The invitation to worship wasn’t sent to Herod or Pilate or the priests, but to those on the outskirts of society.
“The traits of a shepherd are loyalty to the flock. It might have been a mundane job but a responsibility; no one was going to praise or thank them. We as Christians need to see that even though our call might be ordinary it is part of our worship,” she said.
The shepherds answered the call of God, she said, but through the ordinary they were able to witness the birth of Christ, an experience they would remember forever.
“Christmas is about God’s love for his people, and his people being witness to that love,” she said.