Another Year Is Upon Us
I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice,
I claim you as my choice,
Be still and know I am here.
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me,
I will bring you home.
I love you and you are mine. (ELW 581)
As we begin another year, I am prayerful that we might come to know who we are. Way too often these days we are being coerced in to thinking that we must somehow be aligned with someone or something, which is foreign to my sense of who I am and whose I am. The hymn I printed here reminds me of my true identity.
This reality, like the hymn suggests, this realization, this truth comes to me in the silence. When I shut out the noise and listen in the stillness, God’s promise and my baptismal identity are made more known to me.
In this next year many things will happen. Some things will be good and joyous and others not so much, of this we are certain. Yet my prayer is that we may always claim our oneness with God. As the last verse of this hymn lifts up, we are free to love as God has loved us.
I am the word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name,
Embracing all your pain.
Stand up, now walk and live. (ELW 581 vs 4)
Happy New Year Everyone!
~ Pastor Ken Gibson
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The church office will be CLOSED on Monday, December 27th in observance of the Christmas Holiday. The office will also close at 12:30pm on December 28th, 29th and 30th. The church office will be CLOSED on Monday, January 3rd in observance of the New Year Holiday.
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