We invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 8 AM, 10:45 AM & Spanish service at 10:45 AM. Sunday School is open for all ages at 9:30 AM.
Holy communion is celebrated in all Sunday services. Advent services Are Dec 18th Potluck at 6PM and service at 7PM.
It is a bright new year dawning for us with the year of our Lord 2020. The theme verse for our congregation for the year 2020 will be 2 Peter 3:18 – “But Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the Glory both now and to the day of eternity”. We will be referencing this verse throughout the year. It will be the basis for our Church Council Planning retreat at the end of January. I encourage each of our members to memorize it.
Growth can be hard. It takes effort and resources and time. Growth isn’t always welcome because it involves change. Many of us like to get our lives set in a certain routine and then fight to keep it that way. Yet growth also brings gain, gaining in abilities, and opportunities and resources and strength.
When we are first born, we have limited abilities and understanding. By eating and moving and learning we grow, get stronger and eventually are able to take care of ourselves and others. Our spiritual life is very similar. In his first letter the Apostle Peter says, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up in-to salvation” – 1 Peter 2:2. When we first come to believe in Jesus we have limited understanding and experience in following Jesus and depending on Him. As we continue in following Jesus, we learn more about who He is and what He has done (and still does) for us. We also mature in our under-standing of the complexities and sometimes out-right confusing contradictions in this world. We gain experience in things like patience, endurance, hope. Just as we grow physically, we also grow spiritually. That’s what Peter is telling those Chris-tians from the first century and also us today, grow!
While it is far too easy to grow in bad habits and ways, Peter points to a different path. Grow in grace and grow in knowledge. When a person grows in their knowledge about Jesus they also grow in understanding grace. Grace is God’s undeserved kindness, Jesus is all about Grace (John 1:17). As we grow in our knowledge of Jesus and of ourselves we realize our sin and our need. This leads us to repentance and reliance of God and thus we grow in experiencing grace and also the ability to show grace to others.
While New Years’ resolutions are usually forgotten in the first three weeks of the new year, this will be a yearlong effort in our congregation. For all of us to grow. I look forward to you being part of the effort.