Minister's Message: New Year's, 2018

Psalm 90 speaks to my heart as the new year has begun:

‘O God our help in ages past, 
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast, 
and our eternal home.’ 

I had the pleasure of visiting Mom and family in Ontario and appreciated the moments of sharing and remembrance as we gathered on the anniversary of Joe’s death, January 1.

Letting go of the past and resolving to live each precious moment with gratitude is a resolution appropriate for a 2018. Have you made any? 

Use the link to the Daily Bible 2018 Reading Guide from the Canadian Bible Society as a resolution to read scripture every day (paper copies are also available): 

I also want to share this prayer and blessing:

Holy God, as we enter this new year
we thank you for your presence with us
in all the years of our lives.
We have known joy, and also sorrow,
success and failure,
and through it all, you have been with us—
the companion of all our journeys.
Much of life is fleeting
and so we thank you for things that endure:
the love of faithful friends,
wisdom gained from experience,
the reliability of nature,
and your steadfast love.
We thank you for this new year which awaits us;
take us by the hand, and lead us on.  Amen.

Go into this New Year: 
dance, laugh, sing, and create,
risk, explore, discover, and love.
believe, hope, struggle, and remember:
We go with the assurance of your love, O God.
Thanks be to God!

Happy New Year 2018!
Bonne Année!

Rev. David