Our Pastor --- Reverend Dr. Lisa Bandel
Pastor Lisa’s favorite scripture is the Easter story as told in John’s Gospel, chapter 20.
Her favorite hymns and praise songs are "It is Well with My Soul," "The Summons," "Days of Elijah," and "Better is One Day."
“Everything is possible for one who believes. Still more for one who hopes, even more for one who loves.” - Brother Lawrence
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” - Saint Augustine
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
- John Wesley
Rev. Dr. Lisa Bandel is a 1997 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. In 2004 she received her DMIN concentrating in Leadership for the 21st Century Church from Drew Theological School. Pastor Lisa was ordained an elder in 2000 and before coming to Ward’s Chapel UMC she served at Davidsonville UMC, for six years, Lisbon UMC for eight years and at Bethany UMC for five years. Pastor Lisa served the district committee of ordained ministry while at Lisbon UMC. She served the local community as a chaplain for the Howard County Fire Department and was a member of the county Crisis Intervention Stress Management team. She now volunteers as an Anne Arundel county police chaplain. Pastor Lisa was recognized by the readers of the Howard Magazine in their “Best of Howard” poll as clergyperson in 2010 while serving at Lisbon UMC.
I was putting away my Christmas resources and reread this poem, it’s one of my favorites for this time of year. I had intended to share it with you on Epiphany and since I didn’t I am going to share it with you now. The writer, Howard Thurman was a prophetic preacher active in the civil rights movement with a theological perspective heavy on nonviolence. He was influential in shaping a generation of civil rights activists including Martin Luther King, Jr. I find this poem to be an articulate way to express what Christians need to do when the Christmas season comes to
an end and winter settles in around us.
The Work of Christmas
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
As important as these things are, this list is more than Thurman’s list of good Christian and civic minded things to do. I believe the Work of Christmas, is the work of love and that work is experienced in the little ways we care for self, each other and creation. As we learn to love self, we learn to love others and creation. The source of love is our Creator as taught us by Jesus the Christ and so the work of Christmas begins now, and it is up to us to bring God’s love to this hurting world.
Reverend Dr. Lisa Bandel's Monthly Message