I’m not satisfied with the way things are going in my life. Can God help me be more fulfilled? Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
Those who do hope to see positive changes in their lives. So they resolve to stop some things and try other things to be a better person. But how do we feel when we break our resolutions? Frustrated: “It’s only January 5, and I am already…” Despair: “I am never going to be able to stop doing that.” Failure: Why even try? I’m such a loser.” Can we ever find true and lasting satisfaction? Thank God the answer is a resounding “Yes!” In Psalm 107:9, God tells us “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” The “good things” God gives us are often not the things we are looking for. In fact, He says we will go through hardships. We will bear the cross as we follow Christ in faith. But God truly satisfies us when He shows us in his Word that we have a Savior. In Jesus we are assured of forgiveness of our sins. In Jesus we know that God is our loving Father, working in all for our good. Jesus lived and died for us. He has opened heaven to us. Believe in him and find the peace and fulfillment he wants you to have in this life and in the one to come. And here’s one resolution that the Holy Spirit Himself wants you to make and keep. Hear and learn God’s Word at every opportunity. Receive Holy Communion faithfully. Then in 2020 the Lord will continue to satisfy you with His good things – faith in Jesus for everlasting life!
Epiphany means a “revealing,” or a “making known.” The Epiphany season of the church year runs from January 6th through Ash
Wednesday. The lessons reveal Christ, born as a human baby, is the true Son of God, the Saviour of the world.
The Festival of Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Wise Men to worship the Christ Child as their Saviour. This festival has deep
meaning for us and has been called the “Gentiles Christmas.” What if Christ had come only for a select group of people? The Lord
reveals His Son is Saviour of all very early in the Gospels as the Holy Spirit inspired Matthew to include the Wise Men’s worship of
Jesus. We’ll celebrate the Festival of Epiphany in our worship service on Sunday, January 5th. Christmas joy and wonder continues in
this worship service. Following Bible hour that Sunday we’ll take down our Christmas decorations.
Bible Study - “Search the Scriptures”
Our Sunday Bible study resumes
January 5th. We continue our study,
“Evidence that Demands a Verdict” with a
video study and discussion – The Evidence for
the Resurrection. Our Wednesday Bible
Study resumes January 15, 7:00 p.m. at the
Women’s Bible Study resumes
Friday, January 10th, 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Elders: Tues, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m. at Carlile’s
Sunday School Staff: Sun. Jan. 12, noon
Council: Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
Annual Voters’ Meeting Our Open Forum to
review the ministry spending plan for 2020, will
be Sunday, January 19th during Bible Hour.
This is an opportunity to reflect on God’s
blessings to us as a congregation, to consider
ministry opportunities, and to offer our time
and talents in service to our Savior Jesus. The
Voters’ Meeting will follow at 11:45 a.m.
January Potluck Fellowship Meal is Sunday, January 19th after our voters’ meeting. Please bring a main dish & salad or dessert to share. Join us for this opportunity to grow in our Christian fellowship & love.
Offering Envelopes for 2020 will be in your
mailboxes. May God give us faith in Jesus and
joy as we honour Him with our first-fruit
offerings to spread His saving Gospel!
St. Paul Vacancy Pastor Vogel has accepted
a call to Lord of Life Lutheran, Thornton,
Colorado. He’ll be leaving at the end of
January. St. Paul called Pastor Schultz to
serve as their vacancy pastor, so we’ll want to
help them until they receive another pastor.
We may need to offer member-led Bible
studies on Sunday mornings since Pastor will
probably leave after our worship to serve St.
Paul in a later worship Sunday mornings. May
Christ give us all His gifts of faith, hope, and
love at this time as we help our fellow