I had such an experience tonight. Monte Horeb and First Baptist Church joined together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Monte Horeb is the Guatamalean congregation that worships at First Baptist. We share our building and over the past few years, we have been working to partner in ministry. Tonight was the first time our congregations came together in a joint worship service.
Each part of the service was done in Spanish and English. When we sang each person sang in their native language. The blend of voices singing Christmas carols was nothing short of breathtaking.
Pastor Martin and I each shared a short message from Luke 2 where the angels appear to the Shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus.
Our service ended with candlelight and voices united in singing Silent Night.
It was a beautiful experience that reminded me of what true community looks like. Our two communities were able to look past all those things which make us unique and focus on the one whom we have in common.