Some people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. It does seem like a good time to focus on specific things after a December filled with celebrations of the birth of our savior. The preparations for Christmas often keep us busy with gift purchasing, decorating our homes, businesses and the church building, card sending, gift giving, concerts, parties and preparing our homes for family and friends or preparing to travel to be with family and friends. So, the time after that, with a new year beginning is a good time to focus on ways we can change our life. This seems especially true as we begin a new decade.
Because Christ came to earth on Christmas, we can always be made new when we follow him. As John Wesley, the founder of what became the United Methodist Church, asked all his new clergy, “Are you going on to perfection”? As long as we are alive, we are changing. Paul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians: “ 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17)
With that as our theme verse, beginning January 5 we will start a new worship series: “The New You”. This series will unfold as follows:
As we near the beginning of the new year I expect I will be in conversation with people who will make reference to resolutions, new beginnings, or a need to change things in their life. I plan to let them know being a ‘new you’ is our focus for January and invite them to worship with us. I suspect you will be in similar conversations. I pray you too will invite others to worship with us if they don’t have a church home.
Also, be sure to watch for announcements about our upcoming “Conversations Continued” as we discern how we will include persons who are LGBT in our ministry.
See you Sunday! - Pastor Jackie Roe