News and views from the pulpit and the pews
The Christmas Season is almost over and many will be settling back into routines. In the Christian Calendar, the Christmas season actually ends with Epiphany, which is this Sunday; and then the decorations will come down and the ‘church’ settles into its own ‘ordinary’ season. The White pulpit banner will be replaced with green and we will slowly journey towards Lent and make our way to the Cross.
Yet with the New Year also comes new beginnings and new hope. Hope – I’ve noticed that our faith family has this hope, and its wonderful! We certainly are a hopeful people. We place our hope in our Loving God; it is hope for our future; it is a future trusting in God. There were many great things to share as we looked at 2018 last Sunday. There will be many great things to share as we journey through 2019. Through it all, we continue to grow, to learn, to mature, and to trust. Someone asked me if I felt pressure in regards to the ‘success’ of the future of our church here in Caledonia. Without hesitation my answer was ‘No,’ the success of our future is not reliant on one person or one leader. Our ‘success,’ depends on many things. How do you define success? Is it the number of bums in the seats? Is it having our financials balance? Is it ending the fiscal year in the black verses the red? Or is it growing in faith? Does success depend entirely on our efforts, or is success trusting and following God’s will?
Yes, we have done much in 2018; and while there are some who might wish to give me credit for this, I certainly cannot take full credit. I praise God for all that we have done together and I thank the many hearts and hands in our faith family that come together for so many of these projects and initiatives we have tried. The support here has truly been amazing. Ultimately, God gets the credit. God has great plans for us. God has great plans for you!
So let’s look ahead to the next few weeks as we journey in January. You are invited to join us for the celebration of Communion this Sunday January 6th. It is Epiphany Sunday; the Magi have brought their gifts to the Christ Child and we get to experience the gifts of God and Mystery of the Spirit as we gather to remember, to reflect, to renew.
Next Sunday January 13th will also be a special musical service as we celebrate Scripture through song and music. Come and hear and sing words from our sacred text while we offer our praise and worship. The morning will be full of music, and it kicks off our Souper Sundays as well.
Yes, Soup Sundays resume with the special talents of many hearts and hands. Every other Sunday in January and February we will have the opportunity to gather after worship and enjoy a hearty lunch of soup and buns. If you would like to help, we would love to have you bring in your favorite pot of soup to share. There are sign up sheets in our upper fellowship hall: please feel free to sign up for one of the designated Sundays and we will look forward to indulging our tastebuds together.
The last Sunday of January will also offer a special reflection as we bring in a popular children’s story and relate it to scripture (much like we did with our Seussical adventures this past summer). The Wonkey Donkey will be our story of choice that morning you are invited to bring family and friends young and old as we share a joyful worship that morning.
These are just a few of the many things happening in our faith family. Watch for another karaoke sing along and get together coming soon, and we hope to bring back the Octogenarian service in March. You can check out more on our Facebook Page ‘Caledonia, ON Presbyterian Church’ and you can see what has been happening in our faith family as well as our community. There is so very much that we are grateful for; God works in wondrous and mysterious ways.
And so, we continue to celebrate, to pray and place our hope and trust in the Loving Creator, the Wonderful Savior, the Spirit of Life. May God continue to guide us in our journeys ahead.
And so let’s pray:
Loving and Gracious God, we thank you for the many ways in which you have been with us throughout the 2018 year. You have showered us with blessings, and you have comforted us in our sorrows as well. Yes, we have had losses: we’ve lost mothers, fathers, husbands, brothers, sisters, aunts… our family hurts sometimes, and sometimes we feel guilty because there are moments of joy even in the midst of our grief. Lord, be with us in our journeys. Thank you for your presence.
Thank you for bringing us together and for bringing us this far. We trust in you to lead the way. Help us with our journeys. Help us to be more inviting, to be more open about sharing our faith, about sharing our journey, about sharing You. Grant us wisdom and courage as we step forward into 2019, looking towards Jesus. Lead us and guide us. All this we pray in Jesus’ name…. Amen
Yours in Christ as we continue together growing in love, and may the Lord continue to grow us as disciples of Christ.
Peace and Blessings,
Caledonia Presbyterian Church
‘May you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet, and may everyone you meet see the face of Christ in you.’