The Pastor’s Pen: December 9, 2018

On this the second Sunday of Advent, let me take this opportunity to thank our Senior Choir for sharing Christmas cheer at Union Station last Saturday, and its appearance on ABC7 Tuesday Morning Show, in a prelude to the Messiah. Our Senior Choir continues to make us proud of their dedication to excellence in presenting the Gospel in song.

I especially want to acknowledge and thank the leadership and members of the Senior Choir for their tireless preparation and dedication to rendering George Frideric Handel’s timeless oratorio, Messiah year-after-year.  Accordingly, the Senior Choir has presented this great work for 80 uninterrupted years — the only church choir (African American or otherwise) in the DMV that can make this claim. At the end of the performance each year, I look forward to proclaiming as pastor that “Christmas has begun at Shiloh with the singing of Messiah.”  

In addition to the choristers, directors, musicians, interpreters, ushers, communications and stagehands work in concert to ensure a presentation of incomparable beauty and quality.  Thank you, Senior Choir!  May God bless you for your commitment to this great legacy, and for all you’ve done today in anticipation for this afternoon’s 80threndering of Messiah.  To God be the glory!

On a special note, we know that as the end of the calendar year approaches, people consider making donations to their favorite causes. Here at Shiloh, we have been so blessed to be able to do great work for our various ministries and for our neighborhood, city, and global communities. There have been some bumps and challenges along the way, but we have been able to weather all of them with the Grace of God and with your generosity and faithfulness. We want to thank each and every one of you for your sacrificial giving throughout the year; every contribution – big or small – means the world to us. As you may be considering where to give your final financial gifts of 2018, please consider Shiloh. God has been SO good to all of us; to God be ALL of the glory for the things He has done!