Many of us have heard the song “Auld Lang Syne” which is typically sung at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. “The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake,’ and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.”  It brings to mind a call to remember the past and the blessings while looking forward to the future.

When we look back over the events of the past year, I am certain we have all dealt with a plethora of feelings and emotions. From grief to joy, fear to success, or doubt to certainty, the year brought us many stressful moments as well as many happy ones. Yet, through it all, Christ has seen us through to where we are today.

As we move into the new year, let us take these memories with us … the good and the bad … as they help to make us who we now are. But let us not allow the past to control our daily lives. If the past year dealt you hard blows, then let the new year be the one to serve up triumphs and victories. If the past year was great, don’t remain there for fear that this year will not be as good. Celebrate each day! Look forward to the blessings yet to come!

On January 14, we will have a moment to look back at 2017 as we celebrate Remembrance Sunday. This will be a time to remember church members who have passed during the previous year. We will recognize the families of these individuals and honor these persons who had an impact on the life of Christ’s Church. Please make every effort to be in worship to show our support for our loved ones.

Constantly, be on the watch for new ideas and ways to serve our Lord better. If the Holy Spirit lays a new ministry on your heart, please share that idea with me or other ministry leaders. If you are feeling called to serve in a particular area of the church, by all means, please let someone know. Or if you see a way that we can enhance the way we are doing things now, then share that vision. On the reverse, if there are ministries in the church that you think are working and serving Christ, share that information as well.

As a church family, may we work to preserve our relationships with one another as we reach out to others to begin new relationships. Most importantly, may we continue to preserve our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are never too old to stop growing in Christ and we are never too young to start.

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Kim