Welcome to the New Year

25 Jan

The writer of Ecclesiastes got it right – there is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven (Eccl 3:1). The past month has seen us celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus as the Saviour of the world. What a great season of the year it is!

For many of us, Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 sums up the season we have had: 
11 God has made everything appropriate  in its time.  He has also put eternity in their hearts,  but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.  12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the  good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.
The Christmas season has been a season of celebration and enjoying the good life. It has been a season where many of us have enjoyed the hope of eternity that God has guaranteed us in Jesus. It has also been the season we have been struck by the grand scale of God’s plans and marvelled that he would include us – even when we can’t fully comprehend the depths of his works. The season has certainly been a gift of God!
But now the season changes – from the party season to the New Year with all it’s promises and it’s challenges. I hope you are feeling refreshed and relaxed as you turn to this new year. As we do, let us turn again to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes to shape the coming year:  
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God  and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. (Eccl 12:13)
May 2013 be a year in which the members of St George North Anglican Church continue to fear God, keep His commands and enjoy the salvation that Jesus has won for all of humanity who have turned to Him.
Happy New Year!

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