This Sunday’s worship coincides with the first day of the new year. Although I’m not a fan of making year-beginning resolutions, I am convinced that as we cross the threshold into a new year, there is merit in looking back in love over the year that just passed and looking ahead with hope to the year that awaits us.
With this in mind, our worship experience this Sunday will depart from our familiar format to allow us time to prayerfully reflect on and give thanks for the year we are leaving behind and to ask for God’s blessings in the coming months. If you’re someone who still uses a paper calendar, bring both your 2022 calendar and your new one. If you don’t use an old-school calendar, then bring something that represents your journey through 2022 and something that symbolizes the year ahead. You might also want to bring a notepad and pen to jot down whatever thoughts and insights arise during the course of worship so that you can continue to reflect after our hour together draws to a close.
When we gather at the Ute on January 8th, we will be remembering Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan. As we have often done on this particular Sunday, you will have an opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. If you are someone who has not yet been baptized and feel that the time has come for you to experience this sacrament, please reach out and I will be sure this happens for you.
Although Christmas Day has come and gone, Christ and his Light are ever being born in our midst. May you have eyes to see this, hearts to sense this, and spirits ready to serve as midwives in the ongoing birth of Love.