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January 2010

posted Jan 28, 2011, 9:41 PM by Bowmansville UMC
Almighty Father:
We pray thee graciously to lead us though the uncertainties of this new year of our earthly pilgrimage.  Protect us from the dangers of the way; prepare us from the duties, the trials, the joys and sorrows that await us; and grant that each change the year brings with it may bring us nearer to thyself and to the eternal joy and rest that await the faithful in thy blessed  and glorious presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
                                                                                                (Church of Scotland, 1952)

I could provide a laundry list of goals for the New Year.  I could furnish a "top ten" for what I envision for Bowmansville complete with drum rolls.  However, I recall a pivotal passage in the gospel of Luke, a passage that is often overlooked for more exciting and familiar stories.  This story concerns a centurion's faith and his slave who, gravely ill, was made well by Jesus (Luke 7:1-10).  "When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, 'I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.'" (Luke 7:9)  I love that Jesus was "amazed" or as one translation puts it "wowed" by the centurion's faith.  What would it be like for Christ to look at us individually and as a corporate whole to say of our faith- "Wow!"  For that ought to be our aim.

Rueben P. Job, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living states:

Do No Harm: "By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced."

Do Good:  "By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all."

Stay in Love With God: "By attending upon all the ordinances of God..."

Perhaps, these time tested rules can help to guide us this year and in all of life's endeavors as we put our faith in Christ into practice and hear the Lord in amazement say, "Wow!"

God's Blessing,
Pastor Nick



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