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Heralding the good tidings of great joy

Clergy focus on holiday’s value

The entrance to the Dudley First Congregational Church reflects the onset of Christmas. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
December 23, 2010
For churches, the holiday season is a time to get their message of change and hope into the hearts of congregants.

Dudley First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Rev. John White spoke last week about the traditions he and his congregation hold special during the season. His hope is that people live with the message of Christmas in their hearts all year long.

“One thing I would say is my own perception of the United Church of Christ is that it is less focused on virgin birth, and more focused on allowing Jesus to be born within [all of] us,” said Rev. White. “[The birth of] Jesus challenges us to see the face of God in all His children and everyone.”

White said as a pastor it is his goal to help his congregants take the Bible’s lessons and translate those concepts and practices into their everyday lives.

“I want people to remember what it means to accept the baby [Jesus] in their hearts and how this change relates to the world,” said Rev. White.

He said members of his church live some of those lessons taught at Christmas through community service efforts such as collecting mittens, pajamas and books for children taking shelter at the Abby House for battered women and children in Worcester.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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