Expectations for the New Year?
What are your expectations for the new year? High, low, or indifference (“what will change”)?
As Christians, we look at a new year just like we do each day, “God’s mercies are new every morning” (Lam. 3:23). That is, each day we fail in some way, sin seems to intrude into an otherwise great situation. Relationships are affected, attitudes turn, and what was once a word of hope becomes a word of condemnation. To paraphrase Paul: “Doggone it, the things I want to do I don’t, the things I don’t want to do I do… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7).
Paul does not stop with that lament, however. He continues: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” That is, when we are at the end of our abilities to change, Jesus is there to transform our predicament of sin to one of forgiveness, restoration, wholeness, and life dedicated to him.
What will this mean for us in 2012?
Paul’s perspective becomes our walk of faith. As Lutherans we talk about “Word and Sacrament” life… hearing, reading studying the Word, and celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We hit major stumbling blocks (insurmountable!) when we ignore both of these treasures.
What a joy for us as a congregation that we are able to receive the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood every service, every Sunday. The time Lord’s Supper is a special peak in our service as we reflect on the cost of our salvation and forgiveness, Christ’s death on the cross. Through his sacrifice, we receive all the gifts of heaven: salvation, forgiveness, newness of life, joy, peace, comfort, strength. Why wouldn’t I want that?
Isn’t our God wondrous? We can hear it preached, read it, study it, and so many ways. But do we? As we look forward to the new year, this might be a good opportunity to study the Bible with others from SMLC.
Basics of the Christian Faith: at SMLC, Saturdays 9:30-11:00 AM (begins Jan 7)
Genesis: at SMLC, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM (begins Jan 10)
Genesis: at Haider’s (Pine Mountain Club), Wednesdays, 7:00 PM (begins Jan 11)
Matthew: at SMLC, Sundays, 9:45 AM, (every Sunday)
Psalms: at SMLC, Thursdays, 6:00 PM
Look over the offerings and join us!