The days following Advent and Christmas are supposed to be a quiet time for us to recover from celebrations and to gain some clarity as we head into a new year—but the strangeness of these times continues, doesn’t it? I know that so many of us are upset and confused by everything that is going on around us.
This Sunday, we will gather to celebrate that Baptism of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and as we affirm the ongoing power of Jesus’ baptism in our own faith community by ordaining and installing our elders and deacons to service. This declaration that the baptism by which God claims us also empowers us to know God’s will and to lead in our communities seems in stark contrast to the ways our trust in national leaders has been broken in recent days.
Still, I hope you will venture forth in faith to be with us; so that we can put our trust in God’s saving power and not the institutions of our nation (as important as they might be). And I pray that we can also receive messages of hope from God’s word and in our prayers together.
Looking forward to worshipping with you,
Image: Baptism of Jesus, He Qi © 2014. All rights reserved.
Starting this Sunday and going forward we will be worshipping at 11 a.m. We invite you to join us for the prelude starting at 10:50 a.m.
Join us immediately following worship this Sunday for Coffee Hour
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