Psalms 86:11 – “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth.”
We are a month into the New Year and many of the resolutions we made on January 1st have already fallen by the wayside. The scales are hidden in the back of the linen closet and the exercise equipment is collecting dust and clothing. But my prayer for you is not that you lose weight or get in shape; no my prayer for you and me, is that we grow closer to God in our everyday, ho-hum lives. May we grow in our knowledge of and love for the God of all Creation. May we seek out time in prayer, not out of obligation or habit, but with a sincere thirst to know our heavenly Father on a more personal level. Through a strong prayer life, we can petition God for our needs, praise Him for our blessings, and seek to discover His plans for our lives. If you haven’t already done so, then start today, seeking out God’s guidance and strength for the journey which lays ahead. Invite Him into every corner of your life and ask Him to teach and lead you; always remembering that God journeys beside us every step that we take. Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” The Lord has promised never to leave us nor forsake us; He is always within prayers reach just waiting to hear our voice calling out to him. May we learn to keep in touch with our loving and caring God and recognize the blessings he has bestowed upon us. Amen
Pastor David Krueger
As we move through the Advent Season, let us prepare our hearts for the celebration and joy that the Christ Child brought into the world. May our thoughts turn from shopping and gift wrapping to God’s Word that reveals the true meaning of Christmas and discover God’s plan for our salvation. In his Word we discover the depth of His love and the gift that is offered to all people. This Advent Season pause and reflect on the Cross of Christ and discover the gift of eternal life that was given to the world through the babe in the manger. Yes, we will be singing “Joy to the World”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Silent Night”, and a host of other favorite Christmas carols that stir the depths of our souls. Along with the singing, may this Advent and Christmas Season find your family enjoying time together while journeying through the scriptures discovering God’s gift to you and yours, His one and only Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
From Treila and myself, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”
to our dear church family at Zion UCC
From the Pastor’s Desk:
This month we will be celebrating what has probably become our most forgotten
National Holiday. Squeezed between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving Day,
often gets lost in the commercialism of Christmas and Halloween. Thanksgiving
the one day we set aside to say “Thank You – God” for the blessings we have
received and continue to receive here in America. “Thank You God” for the food
that fills our tables and the time we have to share with family and friends.
Thanksgiving Day has become a day for Football and Pre-Christmas Sales. What
have we done to this day of remembrance? What does that tell us about our
ungrateful nation and its people? I’m afraid that we as a nation, blessed above all
others, have come to take our blessings for granted. No longer do we celebrate
the food on our tables as gifts from God. No longer to we celebrate family, friends
and neighbors as your children. Too many times we fail to look at people of
different ethical backgrounds as equals that are entitled to the blessings that we
enjoy. Help us O Lord, to remember your call to love one another regardless of the
obvious social and ethical differences and to see the heart in which you dwell.
Galatians 3:28 tells us: “ There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free,
nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
May this Thanksgiving Day find you surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors giving
thanks to our Creator God for the gifts of individuality? May we never forget to
give God the thanks and praise due his Holy name.