The New Calendar Year – A Short Devotion from LCC

The New Year – Part 1

You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalms 65:11

One Bible teacher says, ‘Like most people you’ve probably made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat better…and improve your life. But did you know that the desire to improve your life with each New Year started in the heart of God? The Psalmist said, “You have crowned the year with Your bounty, and Your paths drip with fatness.” In Bible times “fatness” was considered a sign of material success. Moses sent twelve spies in to scout out the Promised Land and report back on whether it was “fat or lean”. They brought back word saying that it “flowed with milk and honey” (see Numbers 13:26-27). The land was so fruitful that it took two men to carry one cluster of grapes! So what will it take for you to experience God’s blessing this coming year? Note the words “crowned”, “bounty”, and “paths”. In the same way a crown encircles your head, this year you can be surrounded by God’s bountiful goodness. But something is required on your part. You must keep the main thing the main thing in your life – Jesus! You can’t expect to experience the blessings God offers if you’re not willing to walk in close fellowship with Him every day. Ezekiel expresses a similar thought: “I will make them and the places around about My hill a blessing…there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God’s favour]” (Ezekiel 34:26). The places around God’s habitation will be showered with blessing and goodness; so endeavor to stay close to God each day of this year.’

Prayer
Heavenly Father, as I look into the New Year – help me keep the most important thing in my life – YOU – The main thing in my life. After all is said and done – You remain forever. Amen

 

The NEW Church Year

The beginning of the Church Year is the First Sunday in Advent.  This falls on the Sunday closest to November 30 (or four Sundays prior to Christmas).

This year we begin on December 3rd and close Advent on Sunday, December 24, which presents an interesting little conundrum… Is that the 4th Sunday of Advent or Christmas Eve (the Nativity)?

Our Dual Parish has solved this puzzle by having the 4th Sunday of Advent at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel at 10:45 am and then celebrating the Nativity/Christmas Eve with a traditional Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Paul’s in College Hill at 7:00 pm.

I must say that I am looking forward to BOTH Services this Sunday.  Check out our Children’s Program at the 10:45 am Service at Immanuel Chapel at the Sermons Page (click here) and be sure to be at St. Paul’s – College Hill for our Annual Christmas by Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm (click here for more info…)

May you be Blessed this Christmas as we Celebrate Together!