Late December is truly one of those “in-between times” here on McCallie Avenue.

The rush and trudge of final exams at the University are complete. Students are back home with their families.  The marathon of activity—from Christmas pageant to Love Feast to Cantata—has finished up here at the church.  There’s still plenty to do—I’m sure many of you still have family in town, others are making plans for an exciting New Year’s Eve, and still others are preparing for whatever tasks the New Year brings.

And of course, ministry goes on.  There are meetings to plan, worship to prepare for, visits to make, books to read, and, along with you all, there is a vision to cast.

But in this “in-between time,” I’ve noticed that when I leave the church in the evening to go home, even though we are right in the middle of the city, there’s a very particular type of quiet that marks the night. The whole world seems to be still. It is a sweet silence to walk into, and for a moment or two, I’m able to forget the lists and tasks and work that are still before me and just breathe in, pray a silent “Thank You,” and just be.

I hope your “in-between” time provides you with moments like these, as well, and that you are—in the midst of your late December/Early January marathon—able to take your own moment of reflection, prayer, and stillness.  May we not forget to take advantage of them.


We are grateful that Rev. Jonathan Hyde will be bringing his unique voice to the task of preaching this week.  His sermon will dive into the ancient hymn that begins the Gospel of John.  Those of you who have been actively engaging the fourth gospel in Scott Crosslin’s class will surely hear some common themes echoing through his sermon.  As we end the Christmas season and turn toward Epiphany, I look forward to our time of worship together.

Grateful to be in ministry with you,