January 2017

January 2017, A Note form Pastor Steve Jones

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:4-5

As we move toward the end of January, we are encountering the time of the year that can be the most challenging for a lot of people. The lights of Christmas have come down; the new year is upon us, but its glimmer is fading; even the church year has moved from recognizing the revelation of Christ to the world into “ordinary time” -- a time when we prepare ourselves for the coming seasons of Lent and Easter.

Winter is hard. Even though the days are starting to grow longer, it often doesn’t feel like it. The cold drives us indoors and away from natural light. There are some whom this will never bother. (As many of you know, I am that curious sort of person that would rather be too cold than too warm.) There are some who notice a difference in their moods (or notice a difference in the moods of people around them). And there are some who have diagnosable disorders related to the seasonal change.

But we should all remember that the seasons of the year are one of the gifts that God has given to us with God’s creation. Winter is a chance to be in more intimate contact with one another -- to take advantage of opportunities to stay indoors, to pray together, to break bread together, to gather together and share stories and dreams, memories of the past and hopes for the future. Winter will soon give way to spring, and the promise of resurrection that is exhibited in new life in the plants and animals around us.
Stay safe, stay warm, stay connected. For those of you who feel like the winter is more than you can bear (physically, mentally or spiritually), please seek out professional help. We’d be glad to offer you contacts through the church office. The love of Christ is with us through every season of the year and through every season of our lives.

Pastor Steve

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