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Pondering With the Pastor          January 2022

 

 

Baptism of Our Lord

January 9 we celebrate by splashing once again in baptismal waters. Remember your new birth as you wash your face, while taking a bath or shower, washing the dishes, or for me- while watering the beautiful purple pansies outside my front door!

S-Serve all people, following the example of Jesus

P-Proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed

L-Live among God’s faithful people

A-Alleluia!

S-Strive for justice and peace in all the earth

H-Hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper

“Make Me A Channel of Your Peace”

January 16, 23, and 30 we celebrate “Time after Epiphany,” a perfect time to receive new insights about ourselves and the God we serve. We are given time to unpack the full meaning of the gift we have received at Christmas. As we unpack, these Sundays build on the momentum of Christmas-the living God being in our midst. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, we embrace Epiphany promises-God’s greatest promise fulfilled in Jesus. You may want to sing these words as a prayer for a new year.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there's sadness ever joy

Oh, master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
It isn't pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all men let we receive
And in dying that we're born to turn around

Oh, master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there's sadness ever joy

Remember: "The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” In our ELW page 15, the dates of a beginning on January 17 until the ending on January 25 indicates a week of hope for reconciliation and renewal. For over 100 years, the “Week of Prayer for Christianity Unity” has been observed as an opportunity for Christians to pray together for unity. (Read Jesus’ mission from Luke 4:18-19). Ponder: How do we unite our prayers with Jesus’ own stated mission?

Happy New Year!

Pastor Diane C.