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20 for 2020

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

  1. Complete 20 consecutive chatarunga push-ups

  2. Read 20 new books

  3. Listen to 20 new artists

  4. Attempt 20 new recipes

  5. Drink (at least) 20 ounces of water per day

  6. Asana in 20 yoga classes

  7. Enjoy 20 coffee dates

  8. Volunteer 20 hours

  9. Watch 20 documentaries

  10. Support 20 local causes

  11. Learn from 20 experiences of truth-telling

  12. Identify 20 formational passages of Scripture

  13. Intentionally opt outside 20 minutes a week

  14. Engage 20 opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone

  15. Take 20 trips to the library with Joshua

  16. Reduce my wardrobe by 20 percent

  17. Incorporate 20 conversational Spanish phrases into my vocabulary

  18. Adopt 20 environmentally conscious living practices

  19. Connect with 20 new people

  20. 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.

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