From Pastor Mike,
Happy New Year! I say that every year, I guess a wish is good, but I have found that the wish doesn't always come true. I guess some years are better than others....maybe last year was better for you than it might have been. For some it was good and for some it was not so good.
We have ended this year on both a sad and hopeful note. The Saturday before Christmas we gathered in what may have been our largest Memorial Worship service to celebrate the life of one of our members. It was a day of giving thanks and a day of tears. It was a day of remembering the depth of God's love and the promise that God is with us always.
The Sunday before Christmas we gathered for the baptism of one of our young folks. She is one of our confirmation students and was surrounded by her fellow students for the baptism. It was a day of giving thanks and a different kind of tears. It was a day of remembering the depth of God's love and the promise that God is with us always.
The circle of life encompasses us. We are reminded that our Lord is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and everything in between. In birth, life, and death we are the Lords. It isn't about new years and old years, it is always about Grace, about this is the day that the Lord has made.
This year I offer you no specific wishes, rather I offer you these words from St. Paul in his letter to the Church in Rome as we enter into the new year. May they hold you fast in the days to come.
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am certain, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."