Happy New Year from Pastor Michael!

Well I suppose the obvious article starter is to say “Happy New Year!” We have made another calendar year, congratulations! I have always wondered though, besides changing a number on a calendar (and the calendar itself), what makes January 1st new and December 31st old? Many more questions come to mind for me as well. Why do we make a big celebration to call one year new and the other old? At what point does something become new… or old? Is the next day any better than the previous day? Does it hold more promise or more hope than the last day? Does a change of number make such a dramatic difference? And I thought people don’t like change, yet, we celebrate change on a calendar?

Is it because the turning of a calendar year gives us the hope of making changes in our own lives? A chance to proclaim our resolve to be a better or, at least, a different person somehow? To overcome addictions, or habits, or measurements of some kind? To possibly interact with the world in an altered way than in the previous, Old Year?

Or is it because the turning of a calendar year gives us hope that the circumstances of the New Year will be more favorable to us than they were in the Old Year? That somehow the events that come into our lives will be happier events, or they will prove to be more beneficial to our well being than they were in the Old Year.

Or is the celebration of a change to the New Year brought about because the turning of a calendar year marks the end or the “putting off” of that which plagued and bothered us from the Old Year? It is a chance to close the door on the past and not let it into the future that the New Year offers.

I suppose I am not really certain as to why we exalt the New Year as we do. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the desire to celebrate events in our lives, in fact I think it is a good thing – it seems that we could use more celebrations in life. Ancient Israel had at least seven of them throughout the year. So why not at least this one for us?

But here is my suggestion as you celebrate the turning of the calendar year. Know that the turning of the calendar year does not bring change, nor hope, nor an end to the old. The real source of change, and hope, and an end to the old can only and effectively come through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Real, authentic, and lasting newness comes from Jesus alone. As you celebrate the calendar, do not neglect Christ in you.

-Pastor Michael

 



Join us for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

 Come and be filled with the beauty of Christ!

Sunday, December 24th | 7 pm | Union Fire Hall

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given,
  and the government will be on His shoulders.
And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God,  Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace.” 
– Isaiah 9:6

 

 



December Focus: Pastor Michael

Welcome to December! It sure did seem like a long way away in summer. What once was a thought is now a reality. The shopping, the cookies, the lights, the tree, the meals, the meetings, the special events, the fun, the friends, and the family. For many, this is the busiest season of the year. It tends to take a toll on our time, our talents, our finances, and our energy. And, unfortunately, it tends to take a toll on our relationship with Christ as well. How ironic is that!? The season that derives its name and meaning from Jesus tends to cause us to know Him less.

We put on events like “baby born in a barn,” facilitate a Christmas bazaar, give opportunity to help others via a “giving tree”, and even offer a Christmas eve service. We also have numerous Christmas parties that we attend, both in and out of the church, and with and without church people. And we do all of these things in hopes that we can somehow be salt and light to those around us for the purpose of making Jesus known to others. Yet it often seems to be the case that we ourselves, the salt and the light, tend to have less connection with Jesus this time of year. Our time spent in activities “about” Jesus seems to cause our time spent “with” Jesus to diminish. We get tired, worn out, stressed, and distracted from our relationship with Him.

Jesus says in John 15:4, “Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Folks, let’s make sure we are setting aside quantities of quality time simply remaining in Jesus; just spending time with Him enjoying His company. Perhaps even doing, well… nothing.

It sounds like a nice thought, doesn’t it? This Christmas season, let’s make our time “with” Jesus as real as the time we spend “about” Jesus.

Sincerely His,

Pastor Michael

 



Current Bible Study : The Book of REVELATION

Thursday Morning Bible Study |  9:30 am | The Club House at Alderbrook Golf Club!
Join Pastor Michael as he takes us us deeper in our understanding of God’s book of Revelation!  It’s sure to be an interesting study into one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. The Club House is offering up delicious breakfast fare for all you hungry souls!