by Pastor Jocelyn Carson | January 9, 2012
Dear Awesome Trinity friends,
On the 7th Day of Christmas, Dave and I thank you for the Christmas cards, greetings and gifts to our family. It is a joy everyday to be partners with you in this welcoming faith community.
On the 7th day of Christmas, I also wish you a very Happy New Year! New Year’s Day can be celebrated with lots of noise and merriment but it can also be a day for quiet reflection. Our calendar is based on the ancient Roman calendar and the first month is named for the Roman god Janus, who had two faces. Janus symbolizes change and transitions because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other. Many of us spend part of New Year’s Day thinking about the past year and writing resolutions for the New Year. We, like Janus, look forward and backwards.
Every Sunday morning we have an opportunity to look both into our pasts and into our futures when we gather for the time of confession and forgiveness. We take time to review our past week and ask for forgiveness for those things we have done and regret and to ask for forgiveness for those things we should have done but neglected to do. We also hear words that inspire us to look forward in hope. Our prayer each week is that with God’s blessing we can become more and more the people God creates us to be.
When we gather for worship we meet God and we meet each other. We bring our regrets and we bring our hopes. We hear words of forgiveness, we hear words of hope, and we feast together at the Table of Grace set for us by Jesus. We join our hearts in prayers that also look both ways. When we look backwards we find many reasons to be thankful and when we look forward we pray for God’s presence in all that lies ahead.
Each New Year, each new week and each new day, God invites us to live in the present time, with our pasts forgiven and blest and our futures wide open to God’s presence and purpose. In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church is truly “Growing into God’s Future!”
New Year’s blessings of peace and hope,