A Brief Message for the New Year
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A new year is upon us. This is a good time to sit back and reflect on the year which has passed. Some folks even make resolutions this time of year - we promise that we will eat better, maybe lose the weight we have been trying to lose. I invite you to think a bit differently this year. As you read the scripture passage, think about how you might make a new beginning in life, about how you might move forward and begin to become the person God intends and wants you to be.
May your new year be blessed and may you know God's love. grace and blessings.
The Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3: 13 - 17
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.
At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”