Happy New Year!
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
We are at the start of a brand new year, the Wise Men are arriving to visit Jesus, it is Epiphany! There is lots to celebrate in this event, Jesus recognised by the Magi as someone worthy of worship, they travelled to find him, they gave him gifts and they worshipped him. Today’s sermon goes into a little more detail on all of this – but what a great example to follow, we come to worship him!
In many ways we do not know what this year to come will look like, many of us have probably been listening carefully to the news and waiting on pronouncements from Government ministers on possible restrictions or indeed lockdowns, as I write this on New Year’s day it looks like there won’t be any more restrictions in the short term but rest assured we will continue to do all we can to keep everyone safe and healthy and at the same time continue to meet together for fellowship and to worship God.
I wonder how many of you have already looked back to 2021 and reflected on all that happened, it’s been a very mixed year for many, some things good, some not so good but looking back always helps me to see God in my life and in the situations I’ve been in and encountered. Sometimes it’s only looking back that we see how much he was with us, rejoicing with us in the good times, comforting in the sad times. I continue to pray for his presence with me and with all of us as we move into 2022.
We have our service tomorrow at 10:30am here at St Columba, but a quick reminder that there is no Hope into Action prayer meeting this week. It will be back on the 9th January at its normal time of 6pm.
A printed version of tomorrow’s service is also available here.
Speaking of gifts as I did earlier, an unexpected one for this week popped into my emails earlier today and I am happy to pass that gift on to you with a Mini-SCaNS from Steve.
I hope to be able to wish you a Happy New Year in church tomorrow, but if I don’t see you – or don’t get the chance, once again – Happy New Year and may you know God’s presence, blessing and favour this 2022.
If anyone needs prayer or indeed to chat, or anything else do get in touch.
With every blessing
Curate, St Columba