United Methodist Church
300 W Second Ave, Lenoir City, TN 37771
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Trinity - a Five-Star Church
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Love and Light of Christ,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! The New Year marks another milestone in our lives and yet brings with it a sense of newness and hope. We see ourselves as having a chance to begin again or start over. It is the time when we make resolutions of all those, mostly impossible to meet, goals for the year. For many of us, it is the time to try to be “better,” as persons, parents, employees/employers, leaders, Christians…, than we were last year. But the real question is “What are your goals and resolutions for your relationship with God and His church this new year?” In what ways and what areas do you want to grow? What opportunities are you willing to engage in this year to share the message of Jesus Christ with the world? Each of us will decide whether we will focus on heavenly things or worldly things. It is time for each of us to look toward God for the New Year.
Epiphany is the 1st Sunday of January in which we celebrate the arrival of the magi. As the magi journeyed several years to find the ‘child who will be king’ from the new star in the sky, let us too remember that we are on a journey. Our journey, as individuals and as a church, is not only a journey but is the journey of a lifetime toward our God. Take some time and reflect upon the direction of your journey. Are you journeying toward God? Are you standing still? Or have you somehow become turned around and are journeying in the wrong direction? Just as the magi kept watch and followed the new star, we need to keep watch and follow the “Morning Star,” Jesus Christ.
Baptism of the Lord is the 2nd Sunday of January that offers us a time to reflect upon “our” baptism, as we celebrate Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River. Baptism is when God’s grace is poured out over us and, like Jesus, is when we are recognized by God as sons and daughters. This is when God calls us by name, thus beginning our lifelong journey toward Him. How does your life reflect the work of God’s grace in you? How is God’s grace evident in our relationships within our church? Never forget that you have been claimed and named by God.
May you be as blessed as the magi when they beheld the glory of Jesus, filled-up with God’s grace as though newly baptized, and empowered by the Holy Spirit as you continue your journey toward God this New Year.
Large enough to serve, Small enough to care
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ!