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Pastor Susan's Notes

Articles about the BEST “you name the category” of 2018 were already coming out as early as mid-December. There are also (or there will be) articles about the most tragic or worse events or people of 2018. As we find ourselves in a New Year I pray we can look back and reconcile 2018 - ‘the good, the bad, the ugly’ - and then look forward to what’s in store for 2019 with a fresh and positive attitude. What are your hopes? Dreams? Prayers? Of those we’ll end up choosing what can become a reality in 2019 and what will be on that “bucket list” we all seem to have.

In the realm of Christianity the ‘new year’ began with the first Sunday in Advent, from the Latin term, adventus, or “coming towards.” Advent prepared us for Christmas - the birth of Jesus. Join us in the coming weeks during worship to learn about this “new born king.” The scriptures tell the story of what happened after Jesus’ birth; they take us forward with the Magi (Three kings), John the Baptist, and Jesus’ first miracle. From there we’ll follow stories in the Gospel of Luke.

May we look to this New Year - 2019 - and imagine what our church can and will aspire to! I pray we have more items on the “can become a reality” list than on a “bucket list!” Pray with me for all of us to renew our commitment to Christ - to love God, love one another, and serve His church - so that His hopes for humankind can be realized through us.

With whom will you share God’s gift of hope ~ peace ~ joy ~ love ~ this year?

I’ll see you in church,

Pastor Susan

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