All across our country each year there are many who will look at the year or years gone by and take a mental, emotional, and perhaps a spiritual inventory of their lives.  It is these times of evaluation that people make a determination that the future will be different from the past, and that this year will be different.  Resolutions are made each New Year with the hopes of something better or a different outcome than the life that one has.  Some will stick to it and accomplish the goals set and enjoy the outcome, others will not be so fortunate and find themselves feeling guilty for the promises made and left unfulfilled.

At the beginning of this New Year 2013 I would like to invite you to come into the presence of God and worship.  Worship is not about what we receive but is about how we respond to what God has already given and who He is.  Worship may be the most basic Christian responsibility and perhaps the least understood.  Worship at one level is simple and basic, but it is also comprehensive and has far-reaching effects on the individual worshiper and the collective worship of God’s people.  Worship encompasses many things such as music, devotion, prayer, scripture, but is not limited to just one of those things.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:28-29

Do our lives include worship not just as a ritual but as something that brings life to us as individuals and as a body of believers?  Does our worship of God transform our lives?  Our God is a consuming fire, refining us into His glorious image and burning brightly as a beacon of hope in the world we live.  I pray that each of you will join us in January 2013 as we begin looking at worship as the theme on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Together we can grow to worship Him acceptably in spirit and in truth, and our individual lives and our time together will be life-giving, and life-sustaining.

Will you come and worship the giver of the unshakeable kingdom together with us this New Year?  All who will worship come let us draw near to the throne of grace.

God’s Blessings for the New Year!

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