A Thursday Reflection – 1.8

Sby17“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  (Rev. 21:5)  We’re a week into 2015, but I am hoping that you haven’t lost the joy and sense of expectation that a “NEW” year brings.  A parish now begins a new financial year as its stewardship drive has been completed. However, its liturgical year began four weeks prior to Christmas in Advent.  Its “real” life cycle is “mid-year” since, if truth be told, the rhythm of our lives follows the flow of the academic year (from Sept. – June).

We have our Parish Annual Meeting coming up on Sunday, January 25 during and after the 9:30 Holy Eucharist.  A new vestry will be elected and begin to work.  A new budget must be approved.  New plans for spiritual programs for formation and enrichment not only of our youth but for our adults will kick in as well.  So much is on our plate.  Our agenda, you will see, is daunting but fresh.  We have much work ahead of us, but with God’s help and our handiwork, we will make “all things new” not merely a theme but a reality.

Strong by 17