Congratulations. It appears that God has given us another year to live – 2020. What will you do with this gift?

Some in our world will be guided by hate, fear or anxiety this year. Others will be fueled by regret, disappointment and grief. 

We do not know for sure what life will bring during 2020. Try as we might, we will not be able to control everything that comes our way. I think the most important question is this one: “What star will guide you this year?” I am looking forward to exploring this question with you during worship.

We will celebrate our first Holy Communion together of this new year. Receiving God’s Grace is also vitally important for our lives.

Our Scripture focus this weekend will be Isaiah 60:1-6. You can read it below. As you read it, what words or phrases stand out? What images does your mind picture as you slowly work your way through this reading?

And one more thing: we will have a “retirement” reception for Barb Todd this Sunday between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Church Lounge. Bring a card and/or a Love Gift to help Barb know how much we have appreciated her ministries with us over these past years!

I look forward to starting the New Year with you in worship this weekend!

Pastor Kent

Isaiah 60:1-6 The Message Translation

 “Get out of bed, Jerusalem!

    Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.

    God’s bright glory has risen for you.

The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,

    all people sunk in deep darkness,

But God rises on you,

    his sunrise glory breaks over you.

Nations will come to your light,

    kings to your sunburst brightness.

Look up! Look around!

    Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you:

Your sons coming from great distances,

    your daughters carried by their nannies.

When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles!

    Your heart will swell and, yes, burst!

All those people returning by sea for the reunion,

    a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations!

And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see,

    young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah,

Pouring in from the south from Sheba,

    loaded with gold and frankincense,

    preaching the praises of God.

This Week in Worship – January 4 & 5, 2020