Good Folks, it is Friday, December 29, 2017. Today is “National Pepper Pot Day, Tick Tock Day and No Interruptions Day.” Hey, tomorrow is “Bacon Day.” It is also the last Friday of the year, with 48 hours +/- to start a new year with new possibilities.
There are many who would like to predict the next tweet from President Trump, or the new law to help the “middle class” or another event that will capture Facebook’s news feed, ink on the local newspaper or few moments on national news. Personally, the only thing that I am certain about is the love I have from my family, the love I have from them and God’s love, which encompasses all. This, I can predict for certainty.
I am hopeful that 2018 will be a great year for the church. I envision new leadership being raised, new ideas being tried and folks continuing to be faithful to the church and its mission: Making disciples of Jesus Christ.
With every new year, also brings new possibilities, dreams, desires and challenges. Change is constant. I have a piece of paper on my bulletin board with words from Charles Kettering, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Personally, I do not like furniture to be moved. I find my spot and I adjust to that location. I don’t have a preferential pew. But if I sat in the pew section as most of you do, I would most likely have a preference. Nevertheless, that is not what Kettering is writing about. Change. Six letters that causes some folks to grimace with fear.
The church today is in constant evolution. It tries to understand the “mission field.” It works to welcome a guest with an “Open Hand, Heart and Soul.” Even the sign on the doors of the lobby area say, “Welcome to God’s House.” No truer words said. Two main points are made with this phrase.
First, all are Welcome. Come on in. Have a cup of coffee, donut, and cookie and get a glimpse of who we are and what we have done. [Pictures in the lobby.]
Second: God’s House. This is the main part. There is an entrustment that we have been given. What have we done with what Christ has entrusted to us? It is more than buildings. It is about our Christian witness that is vital to the community. People are counting on us. Christ is counting on our faithfulness. There is no Plan B. We are it!
Enough said. It is the end of a good year. Christ proclaimed. Lives celebrated. Hope lives.
I bid each of you a joyous New Year. Love God. Love neighbor. Do random acts of kindness. Show up to church. Invite others. Know that you do make a difference in the lives of others.
Thank you from the Alegria Familia.
Blessings from Duncanville,