Words for the Week – January 2, 2020

Merry 9th Day of Christmas and Happy New Year. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?  In church on Sunday, instead of New Year’s resolutions, we’re going to be talking about guiding stars.  The wise followed a star to Jesus and it changed their lives.

God loves us even if we never follow the right stars and even if we can’t keep any resolutions.  That’s grace.  I believe that God so wants all people to know this grace, that God is always sending signals to guide us toward Jesus and the fullness of life he gives.  This is a great time of year to set an intention – a guiding star – that will help you follow God, cultivate a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and actively participate in God’s healing of the world.

Last year, I chose one word to act as my guiding star.  My 2019 word was “clearing.”  Not only did I need to get rid of stuff, I needed to clear spiritual room to receive God’s spacious love.

This year my word is “calm.”  I expect it will be a year where the political turmoil reaches a fever pitch. It’s also a critical year for the climate crisis.  I have big dreams for our church to expand our homework club and continue improving our building so that more people will find a spiritual home here.

In all of this, I pray that I will keep faith in God so that “no storm can shake my inmost calm.”  Calm.

On Sunday at church, you’ll be invited to pick up a guiding star.  On one side, a guiding word will already be written. On the other side, you can write your own guiding word.  If you’re not able to be here, why not take a few minutes in prayer and make your own star.

I pray that in this new year, you will find the grace of God guides you to love God, love yourself, and sacrifice for others.

Be at Peace,
Pastor Sarah