WORD FROM THE PASTOR
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! It feels good to say that. With a new year comes new possibilities. 2020 began with all the hope and potential of any other year but we soon found ourselves thrown into a situation no one could have anticipated. Yet, it offered an opportunity for growth, learning and new insight.
2021 is beginning. Again we have the potential of great things. We begin with the promise of a vaccine for all that may allow us to resume much of the activities we enjoyed prior the pandemic. We begin with hope that the isolation will be over and we will be able to be with one another again. We begin by remembering that God has brought us through a year unlike any other to a year that lies ahead.
God who was, who is, and who is to come remains faithful. God has upheld us and seen us through. God seeks to lead us into what is in store. God will be with us in each present moment, seeking to fill us with a peace that passes understanding, a strength to handle what the world gives, and a joy that comes from the knowledge that our relationship with God sustaining.
2020 has made me weary, anxious and stressed. Yet, God has given me blessings through it all. I have learned much that I didn’t know I didn’t know (like how to utilize technology for worship). I have spent more time with my family in ways we hadn’t before (spending time in family devotion and around the table for more meals). I have grown in my reliance on God and been supported by the congregation in ways that have been healing and unexpected.
As we begin 2021, I am filled with hope. My hope comes from God who has seen us through and will see us through all the circumstances of life. May you be filled with hope for all that God will do this new year.
In Christ’s service,