Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PMA hardy group of St Thomas parishioners, including one dog, gathered at St Thomas church shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve. The purpose: to join with churches across Hunterdon County to ring in the new year by ringing the church bells as part of the kickoff for the celebration of Hunterdon County’s 300th

 

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.34 PMIt was a brisk night – well, actually pretty cold! The bell outside St Thomas is pretty loud, and turning the wheel is work. The sound of the bell is sweet and strong, and it filled the night air with glorious sound. (It also woke up a lot of the Canada geese in the neighborhood, and they squawked for a while after we were done.) Greg Shutske took some photos and sent them to the Hunterdon County Democrat – watch for them in print or online.  Some champagne followed our ringing effort, and an opportunity to hear the pops and booms from fireworks around the area. A delightful way to begin 2014.

Poet/musician Leonard Cohen wrote these words:

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

As we move into this new year, may you ring the bells of your life – don’t worry if what you have to offer seems imperfect – remember that through the cracks the light comes in. And the light for us is the Light of Christ, come into the world, full of grace and truth. May your life be filled with this Light!

Peace and blessing for this new year,

Carol+