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Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Janus is the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions. He is the god of gates, doors, and of passageways. Janus presided over any beginning—the beginnings of life, war, marriage, adventure or journey, whether abstract or concrete , sacred or profane. January 1 was consecrated to Janus since it was the first day of the New Year. He was the god of the New Year and new beginnings. It is no wonder that the first month of the year, January, is named after him.
 
Unlike the ancient Romans, we do not need a pantheon of gods responsible for the different movements and events of our lives. We have one God who is above all things. Our God is Yahweh, creator of the heavens and the earth. This God is involved in beginnings. “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). “In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens” (Gen. 2:4). Our God is the Word made flesh. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being” (John 1:1-3). Unlike Janus, our God is not part of a fraternity of gods, but the one great and powerful God who made all things and rules over all things.
 
Yahweh God is not just the God of beginnings, but he is the God of new beginnings as well. God sent his Son, Jesus, to provide us with a new beginning, a new life, a new reality. In Christ, we get a second chance at life. God removes the past from us, the old life passes away and a new life begins. Regardless of things we have done or left undone, said or left unsaid, God in Jesus offers us a do-over, a mulligan (for you golfers).
 
2015 was a difficult year for our world, our nation, our communities and our families. Many tragic and unexpected things came our way. Yet, 2015 also was a year of joys, celebrations, and blessings. 2016 may or may not be any different. What will make it different will be our approach to this New Year. It is an opportunity to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Our God, the God of new beginnings, is always doing a new thing. We can live our lives dreaming of the good old days, which never really existed, or we can open ourselves to the new possibilities and new opportunities of service and ministry before us.
 
The God of new beginnings and second chances goes into this New Year ahead of us. May we follow with open hearts, open eyes, and open minds, that we may be transformed by the transforming power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God now and forever.
 
May your new year be filled with blessings and joy.
 
Pastor Kevin
 
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Presbyterian Women News – January 2016

 

 
–We wish you all blessings for the New Year! This month we will be studying Lesson Five of the Presbyterian
 
Women Horizons Bible study: Come to the Waters.
 
Please join us Monday, January 11 at either:
 
9:30 a.m. at Kirk Hall or 7 p.m. at the home of Barbara Shaffer (25 West Lake Forest Drive, Palmyra – 434-207-4355). If you would like to join us at Barbara’s home, please let her know so your name can be added to the gate list at Lake Monticello..
 
If you would like to carpool for either of these gatherings, please let Barbara Shaffer know. We always welcome new members to join us at any point during the program year for Bible study, mission work, sharing each others’ joys and sorrows, and growing together in faith as Christian women.
 
For more information, please contact Kellee Eastwood at 589-2705 or Barbara Shaffer at 207-4355.
 
Bits 'N Pieces PDF Print E-mail

BITS ‘N PIECES

 

•44th Annual Charlottesville/Albemarle Crop Walk raised $24,538 with money still being turned in. What a success!
 
•Medical Benevolence Foundation sent thanks for blessing so many.
 
•January 17 - Congregational Meetings to receive the 2016 budget and approve changes to the pastor’s compensation.
 
•January 17 - Installation of new members of Session: Tammy Bowers, Frank Keplinger, and Barbara Shaffer and Pat Valentine as Trustee.
 
•A new church directory will be printed this month. Please check the 2015 directory and see if any changes/additions need to be made. Contact Dana (293-4112).
 
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