The Year in Review – Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

unnamed-1So much happened this year:

Births, deaths, sicknesses, disappointments, dysfunctions, loneliness, poverty, racism, hunger, abuse, loneliness, sadness, cynicism, abandonment…

Joy, life, birth, healing, answered prayers, freedom, belief, faith, connection, marriage, reunion, learning, friendship, hope, love, peace, connection…

Trump, Clinton, Kobe, ISIS, Paris, Charlie Hebo, Baltimore, Chicago, Mizzou, Russia, Turkey, Holzclaw, oil prices, the pope, gay marriage, Caitlin, Kansas City Royals, Baker Mayfield…

7 Deadly Sins, Nehemiah, Philippians, four black pastors, Life of David, Parable & Miracles, Mothers of Christ – stories of rescue, invitations to walk with Jesus with us, risking to rescue, Embrace the Suck, women’s conference, Lyceum, Financial Peace University, RYM, parties, deacons…

Difficult conversations, great conversations, new understandings, important meetings, big questions, evangelistic relationships, new members, members saying goodbye, first communion, wandering away, vulnerability, broken promises, increased faith, depth of insight, engagement with the city, friendships that you’d never expect…

Greeting, call to worship, doxology, CityVision, greeting, singing faith, CityKids, sermon, silent confession, corporate confession, the Lord’s Supper, tithes and offerings, hymn of the month, benediction – responding to the good news that God saves sinners through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

2016 will have many of the very same features in it. Personal and cultural events will change somewhat, though they’ll have those themes. We’ll elect a new President, so that will be even more dominant in the news. We’ll be happy. We’ll be sad. We’ll try to figure out how to make it. We’ll wonder why we’re not doing as well as we’d like. We’ll blame others. We’ll worship idols. We’ll wander because we’re prone to wander. We’ll be brought back. We’ll find God. We’ll respond to his grace. We’ll touch joy, however briefly. We’ll wonder.

The church will be here each week in the midst of it all. We’ll remind you that God is good, and that he loves you and that he’s conquered death by death. You’re invited to participate in this resistance each and every week. All are invited. All are welcome.

Doug in library