Ring out the Old, Ring in the New! New Year’s is a time of celebrating the survival of the old and the arrival of the new.
We have much to appreciate about 2016 – survival of a tumultuous presidential election, a summer drought, water issues, illnesses, the death of loved ones, changes in church leadership, and personal matters that only you know about. We celebrate survival!
We were blessed in many ways in 2016, too many blessings to remember them all: a new baby, new members, new friends, different kinds of services, many days of good health, a robust body of believers willing to pitch in and ‘get it done’, love for each other, our families, church family, and community…
New Year’s Day is also time to celebrate the “arrival of the new“: “I am making all things new!” says Jesus the Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 21:5) What new things are you hoping for in 2017? Come to the Worship Service and become part of All Things New 2017!
On New Year’s Day we will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman
On New Year’s Eve we first ring out the old, then ring in the new, and finally are wrung out ourselves! Its ok if you come to church on New Year’s Day “wrung out”. We are going to sing a few carols, read a few New Year’s poems, dedicate our New Year to Jesus Christ, and share communion.