Happy New Years Eve! My prayer for you in the new year is that you experience the creative joy, the sustaining peace, and the resurrection power of God in a new and deeper way this year.
On Sunday we participated together in the Wesley Covenant Renewal service. Methodists have been joining together to recommit themselves to God through this service on or around New Year’s Day since 1756. In the early days, they gathered for this service before the sun rose for the new year at 4 am on January 1st. My hope is that sometime this week you’ll revisit the booklet from the service, re-read it, pray and commit your heart to God, and sign it as your act of commitment in 2020. I plan to do this at my home tomorrow before sunrise, and I invite you to do the same wherever you are.
This weekend we’ll celebrate Epiphany Sunday. It marks the end of the traditional 12 days of Christmas, and in the church calendar, it’s the day that we remember the arrival of the Magi to worship the Christ child. Throughout the month of December we’ve talked about the gifts of the Magi and what they mean in our lives, but this week we’ll do something a bit different. We’re going to look at the arrival of the Magi and what it meant that these philosophers from the East would come looking for the newborn King of the Jews- and as always, what it means in our lives today. If you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find the whole conversation fascinating! Join us Sunday as we wrap up the Christmas season and the story of the Magi by celebrating Holy Communion together.
Full Gospel Project
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapters 18-19. As you read this week, consider the following:
- Jesus told a story about a Pharisee and a tax collector in Luke 18:9-14. Jesus uses them to paint a picture of two extremes. The Pharisee has lived “by the book,” points out the sins of others, and tells God how much better he is than the tax collector. The tax collector simply asked for God’s mercy. Jesus said that God heard the tax collector’s prayer that day, not the Pharisee. Where do you fall on the scale between the faith of the Pharisee and the tax collector?
2 .The last story in Luke 18 is about a blind man who askes Jesus to be able to see. The first story in Luke 19 is about a man with all five functioning senses who wishes to be seen. Jesus is the one who both gives us sight and also truly sees us for who we are. What do you ask Jesus for? What does Jesus see when he looks at your heart and life?
The church office will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate the New Year’s Day holiday.
Connect, Grow, & Serve
Covenant Bible Study
Pastor Andy will be leading the Covenant Bible study in 2020. The first module will begin on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:00 PM. For more information email Pastor Andy at email@example.com.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Every adult is invited to join a book study beginning on January 8th from 7-8 PM. They will be studying the book, “New Testament Stories From the Back Side” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Everyone is welcome.
Ladies Bible Study
Mission Project – Join us on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:30 a.m. for another Prayer Bead making session. We use the prayer beads to minister to our congregation as well as others in our community.
Bible Study – We will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. with a Bible Study based on the movie War Room. This is a 5-week study that explores how the power of prayer can make an impact on all areas of your life. Sign up sheets are in the church lobby or e-mail Betty McAdams at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group is open to all Faithbrdge ladies and invited guests.
2019 Year-End Giving Statements
Faithbridge Church giving statements for 2019 will be available for pick up in the church lobby the last two Sunday mornings in January. Any statement not picked up by the 30th will be mailed.
Mark Your Calendars
Jubilee Rising Concert – Sunday, January 19th, 2:00 PM