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A new year is upon us, and with it, new possibilities to be the church God has called us to be.  I don’t know about you, but I am excited about the possibilities our future holds for us.  I love having “what if” conversations, and not the kind that limits what we do.  I love the kind that looks at all we can do if only we have the faith to step out and trust that God has got this.

Like many people, I approach the start of a new year with a bit of contemplation.  I take time to look at where I am coming from as I ask myself where it is that I want to go.  For me, the question is always around becoming the person God is calling me to be.  Am I being kind; am I compassionate; and am I loving God by loving those God has placed around me?

Reuben Job wrote a tiny little book called “Three Simple Rules.”  In it, he outlines the three simple rules to living a God filled life.  Those rules are: Do No Harm; Do Good; and Stay in love with God.  Those are some powerful words to live by.

We have begun a new year together.  What if we start that new year by taking a look at our live and asking ourselves if we are living into those rules?  Are we doing harm in the way we treat others or are we striving to be a God-filled presence in all that we do?  We must also consider what it means for us to stay in love with God.  We might, discover that loving God is really about loving the people God has placed in our path, and to truly love God means looking at the people around us and searching for God in them.

Like I said…new year full of new possibilities for us as individuals and for us as the church.  I hope to see you in worship.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next.

Blessings,  Pastor Melissa