“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 NIV
As I sit to write this New Year’s message, we are just getting ready to say “Farewell!” to the year of our Lord 2020. I imagine as many read that first sentence, they are howling – “Farewell!! Bah Humbug! Good riddance is more like it!” I understand that sentiment, but there have been some rich blessings in the year 2020, as well as some terrible struggles. In 2020, babies were born, new jobs were begun, marriages were joined, exciting steps in peoples personal and family lives occurred. I know that there have been hard times and brokenness as well, but as a people of faith, let us also speak up about God’s amazing grace and abundant provision.
Now we will turn the page and embark on a new year – 2021! What are your hopes and dreams for this new year? I am anticipating God’s amazing grace to continue to surprise us and provide for us as we live in the light of Christ – what are you planning?
To help us all live into the absolute best that God has in store for us, I am offering a whole church study for the first 40 days of the new year 2021. We will be reading together the book, “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. I will read one chapter every day, beginning on Sunday December 27th, 2020. I will post these readings on Facebook under my personal page – Bill Mudge – and the Baldwinsville FUMC page. I encourage you to purchase a copy of the book for yourself. It is available on Audible and Kindle and can be purchased at most bookstores and Amazon and may be available through local library systems. If you would like a copy, and cannot afford one, please contact me at the church office at 17 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville NY 13027 or call 315-635-6442, and I will get a book for you.
I believe that God is eager to have us turn to God early in this year and seek God’s will and plan before we venture off on our own initiative – we might be surprised how well life will work if we seek God’s direction first, instead of stumbling in later to ask for grace and mercy.
Will you plan to join us for this adventure together? I believe it may serve as an exciting launch pad for us as individuals and for Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church as a fellowship!
It is my intention to continue meeting together beginning January 3rd providing that the COVID 19 numbers allow us to. Please check our Facebook page or call the church office for more information as we begin the new year. Come and join us for church Sunday morning at 9AM for our Heritage worship service in the sanctuary, or at 11AM for our new Contemporary service featuring Nairobi Smith leading worship in the chapel. We’ll save you a socially distanced seat. (the 9AM and 11AM services will be live streamed and available on Facebook and YouTube)
Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge