Pastor’s Pen

Welcome to the NEW YEAR!!  2020 lies fully ahead of us — it is so exciting!  We will begin worship in 2020 with a special worship service modeled after the worship service that John Wesley would begin each new year with.  The worship is called “A Service of Covenant Renewal” and it is draw from a booklet Wesley wrote in 1780 called Directions for Renewing Our Covenant with God.  The service is a bridge to the new year ahead and it centers on the idea of preparation for the coming year.  Founded upon the basic tenet that the best gift that we could offer Christ is ourselves, the service calls for a commitment of our hearts.  The commitment we will make centers upon loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and then loving neighbor as Jesus first loved us.  In preparation for the service, Wesley offered five steps to prepare oneself to make a full commitment to God.  I invite you to explore these in the week prior to January 5th.  Here are the steps:

1) Confide in God — search your heart, examine your soul, clear your conscience before God.

2) Compose your spirit — compose your spirit suitable to a transaction of very high importance.

3) Claim the covenant — grab hold of God’s covenant and rely upon God’s grace and strength.  Trust not in your own strength.

4) Choose faithfulness — resolve to be faithful to God and commit to never going back to the things of this world.

5) Connect to God in prayer — in the most solemn manner possible, get on your knees and open your hearts to the Lord.

Beginning on January 12th we will jump into a new sermon series called “20/20 in 2020”.  During this series we will begin by looking back to our call to walk as Christians in the Old Testament, then we will transition to looking at how Jesus and his disciples lived out the Old Testament laws and expectations.  Then we will spend some time unpacking how Methodists have lived into the living word of God over the last two millennia, concluding with a Sunday where we look forward into 2020.  I hope and pray that you can join us for this new sermon series.

May the Lord our God bless you and yours throughout this new year!!  God bless!! – Pastor John

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Scripture to read and consider:

The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God”.  — Micah 6:8

Questions to ponder and to go deep with:

1) What does it mean in your life to see that justice is done?  For whom?

2) How can you let mercy for all be your first concern?

3) What will it look like to humbly obey God in 2020?  What changes need to be made to really do so?