While we are comfortably gathered in Central’s sanctuary Sunday afternoon for The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, there will be people in our community and far beyond in very uncomfortable, sad, and vulnerable situations. There will be people outside our doors and throughout the world who are physically and spiritually hungry and don’t know where to turn. Even as we know plenty and joy Sunday afternoon, the Bidding Prayer demands we have on our hearts those who do not.
And particularly at this time let us remember
the poor, the cold, the hungry, the oppressed;
the sick and them that mourn; the lonely and the unloved;
the aged and the little children;
and all who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not,
or who by sin have grieved his heart of love.
Since the Lessons and Carols festival is designed to be a community event, we will continue our tradition of receiving an offering for a local agency. Fitting for today’s portion of the Bidding Prayer, our offering this year will go to The CARE House of the Pee Dee. Learn more about their difficult and crucial work by visiting http://thecarehouse.com/.