Each week Pastor Sarah blogs on the Scripture for Sunday's upcoming sermon. Use this entry as a way to prepare your heart and mind for worship. See you Sunday!
New Year’s Day Scripture ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.
“For everything there is a season, a time for everything under heaven,” writes Ecclesiastes. As we celebrate the new year, we look to the new year with hope.
I am a goal-oriented individual and so I prepared 20 for 2020. These goals address my whole person - physical, emotional, nutritional, relational, financial, familial, experiential, educational, and spiritual. This list is ambitious and I believe I am up for it.
Often I say, “How is it already (insert a day of the week or month of the year)!?” and then accompany that statement with a sigh. By framing my year in terms of these goals I hope I will say “Wow!” instead of “How!?” as a result of time well invested in the pursuit of the goals below.
I may not complete them all; they are not just “to do’s” to be transformed into “ta da’s.” They are invitations for me to more intentionally be - and hopefully - intentionally be better.
20 for 2020
Complete 20 consecutive chatarunga push-ups
Read 20 new books
Listen to 20 new artists
Attempt 20 new recipes
Drink (at least) 20 ounces of water per day
Asana in 20 yoga classes
Enjoy 20 coffee dates
Volunteer 20 hours
Watch 20 documentaries
Support 20 local causes
Learn from 20 experiences of truth-telling
Identify 20 formational passages of Scripture
Intentionally opt outside 20 minutes a week
Engage 20 opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone
Take 20 trips to the library with Joshua
Reduce my wardrobe by 20 percent
Incorporate 20 conversational Spanish phrases into my vocabulary
Adopt 20 environmentally conscious living practices
Connect with 20 new people
Articulate 20 new hopes
What are your hopes, resolutions, or goals for the new year? Share them with a loved one and start pursuing them!
Happy New Year, Friends! Join us for worship this week. We return to our regular worship times - 8:30am Traditional and 11:00am Contemporary.
We welcome Ms. Samantha Aupperlee in worship leadership. Samantha is a third-year Master’s of Divinity candidate at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Thank you, Samantha, for your service with the South Shore UMC Family this Sunday!
Prayer: “Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning, born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise every morning, God's re-creation of the new day.”* Amen.
*"Morning Has Broken," The United Methodist Hymnal 145.