A Happy and Blessed New Year to each of you!

Dear Congregation,
A Happy and Blessed New Year to each of you! A great way to begin 2023 is to be present in worship this coming Sunday, New Year’s Day. We’ll begin the year together with prayer, song, scripture, a message, and Holy Communion. Since Epiphany is Friday, January 6th our focus will be on the Magi who followed the bright star’s light to find Jesus, returning home by another way to avoid King Herod’s murderous intentions.
We’ll also reflect on The Holy Family’s flight into Egypt, as we recognize how their search for safety is lived out in our world today by immigrants at our country’s borders. The picture “La Sagrada Familia” (The Holy Family) by artist Kelly Latimore captures that reality.
You will each have the opportunity to take a “Star Word” home with you after worship. At the back of the Sanctuary will be cardboard stars on a tray. On each of the stars is a word. The premise is this: the magi followed the star to find baby Jesus, bringing their gifts. We are also seeking Jesus, trusting that God can/does use many signs (or stars) to guide us closer to the Divine Presence. During 2023 you may reflect on how your star word is working in your life. Trust the word that selects you, but you are free to trade out a word. If you are unable to be present and would like a Star Word, please let me know and I’ll mail one to you.
As the message on our outdoor church sign says
“May you shine with the light of Christ this new year!”
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Candy
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