Pondering for December 31 2019

Ring out the old, ring in the new!
 
Are you ready for the new year? Was 2019 kind to you? I wonder what 2020 will hold for each of us. One thing I know for sure: Through all of the challenges and joys we experience this coming year (and every year), the Lord is up to something. He is using all of the stuff of our lives as a palette of paint to compose a beautiful work of art! He is conforming us to the image of his Son.
 
Ring out the old, ring in the new!
 
I’m not sure I completely want to ring out the old. 2019 was a good, exciting year for Trinity Church. So many people and so much growth! And we “moved into” our new and beautiful Gathering Space! How great to see the informal and formal gatherings in there. So much life and fellowship and laughter. This year we also saw our greatest Advent gift giving to date! Food and trees—and a bus! God loves a cheerful giver, so thank you for your cheerful generosity!
 
Ring out the old, ring in the new!
 
Among the new that is coming, I want to mention that Trinity’s overarching theme for 2020 will be “Jesus: Knowing Him and Making Him Known.” Together we are going to spur one another on to keeping the main thing (or, in this case, Person) the main thing. Jesus will be our sermon themes. Jesus will be our spiritual pursuits. Jesus will be the subject of our JTerm. Jesus will be the goal and bar of our spiritual practices. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
 
Ring out the old, ring in the new!
 
As Jesus is our focus in 2020, he becomes the reason for practicing spiritual disciplines (e.g., praying, meditating, journaling, solitude, singing spiritual songs) and digging a deep well of fresh water for your soul. A good resolution as we start a new year, wouldn’t you say? We ought to start digging long before the stuff of 2020 makes us thirsty. You might want to think about one of the many Bible reading apps available (like this one on YouVersion).
 
Ring out the old, ring in the new!
 
Let’s seal 2019 and commit 2020 with a powerful reminder of our Lord Christ: the focus of 2020 and of our lives. Read these great words from the spiritual giant Dorothy Sayers:
 
The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man… The plot pivots upon a single character, and the whole action is the answer to a single central problem: What do you think about Christ? The Church’s answer is categorical and uncompromising, and it is this: That Jesus bar Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth, was in fact and in truth, and in the most exact and literal sense of the words, the God “by Whom all things were made.” His body and brain were those of a common man; His personality was the personality of God… He was not a kind of demon pretending to be human; He was in every respect a genuine living man. He was not merely a man so good as to be “like God”—He was God.
 
I’ll see you on Sunday, as we ring in the new!

 
Happy New Year,
Pastor Paul