From The Pastor,
From the Pastor
A new year...a new beginning. Or will it be more of the same-ol’, same-ol’? John the Seer had a vision during his exile on the Island of Patmos. God spoke to him in this way. “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Revelation 21:5 NRSV)
John also writes about a new heaven and a new earth with God coming down from heaven and living in the midst of us. When will this take place? In the years 66-70, the Jewish sect of the Essenes saw the Jewish revolt against the Romans in Judea as the final end-time battle which would bring about the arrival of the Messiah. By the authority of Simon bar Giora, coins were minted declaring the redemption of Israel. It wasn’t until about 300 years later that Hilary of Poitiers, a French bishop, announced that the world would end in 365. Since then, a long list of people have declared the end of the world by various calamities. The latest of these came on September 23, 2017. It was made by author and conspiracy theorist David Meade who predicted that an unseen planet, Nibiru (or sometimes Planet X) would become visible in the Earth’s sky and that said planet would “soon” destroy the Earth and Armageddon would take place during that date.
While we wait for any number of predicted endings—or some not even suggested—we continue our wait for God’s “time” to enter human time. Sometimes I pray that it will be sooner than later, but I’m not in charge of that decision. So, in the meantime we gather for worship on a regular basis. We hear over and over again wonderful stories of God’s love for us. We sing the great hymns of faith and new songs that tell the good news. We feast on bread and wine—Jesus’ body and blood. Our sins are forgiven. We leave this place forgiven, fed, and nourished to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.
What a privilege it is to be a Child of God! What a blessing to be entrusted with sharing the Good News! What an opportunity to be a part of doing God’s work with our hands...and hearts and voices.
Blessings to all in 2018!
Your fellow servant of Christ,