This Advent, we are reminded of that well-known text from the Gospel according to John, Chapter 3 verse 16: “For God so Loved the World that God gave God’s only son—that whosoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting Life.”
On that first Christmas, God showed extravagant love and delight in us. On a cool Palestinian night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manager, God gave that which is most precious: Jesus the Christ. Today, God’s Gift brings hope to those in despair, the possibility of peace, and the expectation of justice.
In Jesus Christ, we have the gift of God with us.
The Massachusetts Council of Churches desires to follow in the footsteps of the perfect Gift. We desire to live out God’s hope, peace, and justice in the state of Massachusetts, for the glory of God. Together, we make the vibrant Church visible.
Your gift to the Massachusetts Council of Churches makes possible that hope, unity, and peace throughout the state.
All year you have received our newsletters and responded to our Facebook posts. You have joined us in prayer and in public witness. You have shared your stories with and through us. You know the important work that lies before us all. This fall, I preached as five churches in the Pioneer Valley joined together for worshipped in a common witness. Hear this testimonial from one of the pastor’s on why supporting the Massachusetts Council of Churches is so important:
“When a ban on refugees and legal immigrants was announced, The Massachusetts Council of Churches was there to call for compassion and sanctuary. When white supremacists rioted in Charlottesville and a similar assembly was planned in Boston, The MCC was there to call out racism and call for justice. When a Holocaust memorial was vandalized in Boston, The MCC was there to call out anti-Semitism and call for unity. When Hurricane
Harvey hit Texas and flood waters inundated Houston, The MCC was there to all for our response. You name the cause, and the MCC was there again and again and again, representing all of us, as the public face of faith-driven justice.
And the MCC is there as well, representing all of us, in times of celebration with our ecumenical partners. The MCC is there to empower the diverse voices of Christianity throughout our state. The MCCs there to help all of us live into Jesus’s prayer that “they may all be one.” And the MCC is doing so in a time when our unity, our solidarity, our faith-driven call for justice in this world is critical.
And so I ask you, I invite you today to show your financial support for the work and witness of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, in gratitude for their service to the Body of Christ.”
Rev. Chris Mereschuk
Haydenville Congregational Church, Haydenveille, MA
This Advent, as we pay honor the precious Gift born from above that has been so generously poured out into our lives, we invite you to consider the gifts you will give. With love for God’s good earth and God’s children of many races and backgrounds, will you give to support the mission of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in this critical moment? We cannot mobilize, make visible, or celebrate the extravagant love of God in our state without you.
P.S.: Please consider becoming a monthly donor. Monthly donors sustain our work throughout the year. Sign up on our website at www.masscouncilofchurches.org/donate!