Since there was no January newsletter, let me officially wish you all a Happy New Year! On the first Sunday in January, along with celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany and Holy Communion, we also selected our Watchwords for 2019. What a wonderful way to begin the year!
Isn’t it amazing how these watchwords speak to our lives? I’ve watched people pick a piece of paper out of the basket and remark – “This is just what I needed to hear!” For others it might take some time to figure out how these verses may be appropriate to our lives; how God might be speaking to us. Sometimes it might be something we need to hear, but don’t necessarily want to hear. But it is usually pretty much a consensus that they end up being relevant.
My personal watchword for 2019 is Psalm 98:1. “O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” On a superficial level, I love to sing and am a member of the choir. But this verse has a deeper meaning. It is a reminder of all the blessings that I have and have had in my life. It reminds that even when things might be going wrong – or when my loved ones and I are experiencing tough times, God is always with us; there is always hope; there is always something to sing about.
Our congregational watchword for this new year seems very appropriate for First Moravian. Over the past few years we have made an effort to reach out into the community with our Kids Club, Youth First, Block Parties and now the Green Light Food Center. Even though we are few in number and often feeling tired and ill-equipped, we have felt God’s hand leading us to share the good news. How/why do we do this? “It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
I pray that along with the encouragement of our congregation’s watchword, you also are blessed with the meaning of your own watchword to carry you through 2019. Together may we move forward doing ministry in Christ’s name.
Peace and grace,