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Happy New Year!!!! What is it that you do to welcome in the new year? Do you attend a New Year’s Eve party, spend it with family or friends? Or perhaps you quietly bring in the new year at home, whether you watch that infamous ball drop or see your eye lids drop as you drift asleep into the new year! (I generally do the latter!) However you bring in the New Year, may it be a year filled with joy, love and peace, not just on New Year’s Eve/Day but throughout the entire 2018 year!

In many ways, I love January! I love the peacefulness after the Christmas decorations are all put away, and while the great room seems a bit naked without the Christmas tree, we tend to move on and become accustomed to the new but old set up.

I also love January, because it is the month in which we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord before we enter the liturgical season of Epiphany. We begin the new year by exploring the baptism of not only Christ, but also our own baptism. We are reminded of the innocence as we too once were sprinkled with water, not in the Jordan River as was Jesus, but none-the-less baptized into the family of God!

It is in those words of baptism as Jesus emerged from the waters of the Jordan that he heard the words from the heavens above, “This is my Son, with whom I am well pleased!” (Matthew 3:17) So too, our baptism, as parents, godparents and members of the congregation gathered at our baptism, we too may have heard those same words. “This is my son/daughter, with whom I am well pleased.”

Moving on to Epiphany, we hear the scripture texts define for us the many ways in which God is revealed (epiphanies) to us in our everyday living. As a child of God, how is it you go about your daily life, feeling God’s presence being revealed to you in the simplest of ways and yet every now and then bursting forth? While the earth is dormant, our living God is alive!

Come join us for worship as we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord (Jan. 7th) and explore the many ways throughout the month in which the Lord is revealed to us!

Love,
Pastor Dody

In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact
Pastor Dody Siegfried directly at 610-442-6362.