December 13, 2018

Cindy Rietz

Westminster Member

Matthew 5, 14-16 "You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bushel.  Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

Remember the song, "This Little Light of Mine?" "Hide it under a bushel, NO! I'm gonna let it shine!"  Four times a year, I let my light shine by helping to create the music portion of our worship service for our community outreach, Worship in the Homes.  Westminster rotates with other churches throughout the year. We are scheduled every fourth Sunday in January, April, July, and October.  We provide an uplifting, joy-filled, 30 minute worship service with extra music time at three of our local nursing rehab facilities:  Pembrooke, Brandywine Hall and Barclay Friends.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us to spread God's light!

Worship in the Homes outreach has been going on for many years.  Residents of nursing rehab facilities yearned to have live accompaniment to the hymns they sing, so I volunteered to play keyboard when I became a Deacon five years ago. Then we purchased percussion instruments so residents could enjoy keeping the beat.  The team effort begins with Dana Loundas who researches what Bible passage we are to follow and then creates a sermon that relates to the residents' lives.  Dana sometimes adds interactive activities to keep the residents involved.  I research and choose the hymns which relate to the Bible passage/theme.  Leading the singing is Gloria Ballinger and sharing in the service leadership is Joan Ranieri, Sue Johnson, Terry Hatcher, and other Deacons.    

You've heard the saying, "When you give, you get back tenfold."  This community outreach does just that.  The first time I experienced seeing small miracles happen during our worship with the residents was amazing!  You see some residents enter the room suffering from memory challenges.  But, once they hear the familiar hymns, many sing and pray with us and enjoy playing the instruments we provide.  It's a holy time and such a blessing!  We feel so uplifted, knowing we touched hearts with Christ's peace, love, and joy!    

On Tuesday, December 18, you are invited to go caroling with us at both Brandywine Hall and Pembrooke.  Meet at Brandywine Hall at 6:20pm.  We will sing from 6:30-7pm, then drive to Pembrooke and sing from 7:15-8pm visiting floors. Hope to see you there!