Letter from the Pastor

Greetings to my brothers and sisters of Long Ridge UMC...


From Darkness into light:

I’m reminded that each day since November 4th (end of daylight savings time), we lose a few minutes of precious daylight each day and by the time Christmas day rolls around we have actually lost over one hour! But then something almost magical happens; little by little, a minute or so every day we gradually welcome back the light. Maybe that is how the shepherds felt on that night, the darkest night of the year; “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.  The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. 

It is that time again, when our darkness begins to turn into light, and that light radiates in us and through us and the darkness cannot take Him away. In just a few short days we will again celebrate the birth of a babe that changed our lives forever. “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. 

I am excited to spend this, my first Advent season with you, my Long Ridge family. I recall 43 years ago, just prior to the beginning of that year’s Advent season our first child was born. And even though Patty and I were young and broke and had no idea what we were doing, that first Christmas together was the happiest and most loving we have ever shared. I pray this season of light will be as warm and loving to you as that first Christmas was for us. 

And may the peace [Shalom] of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

pastor ed

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1:1-9