Calvary United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

Monthly reminder

 

       

Dear Friends,

Our Advent and Christmas seasons thus far have been a delight, as we celebrate simply Christmas. What a gift it is to worship together our Saviour and Lord. We have been reading from Matthew 1:18-25.

We recently put out a challenge to invite friends and family to church with you. I hope that you have asked the Lord for a name or a face of someone that God is desiring for you to come alongside in prayer and witness. There are so many ways to do this, but I trust the Lord will lead you well. I have already seen and heard from several who have enjoyed this, or have been talking to God about this opportunity. We have kids inviting kids, adults inviting relatives, friends, and a few new faces among our crowds.

As we welcome in the new year, many make goals for the year to come. Perhaps you are among them. In years past I’ve asked the Lord for a word for the year to focus on. Although I didn’t identify one at the beginning of 2021, in reflection of 2021 I feel that the word for my life has been: Presence. Anytime I find myself caught in conversation with someone about how I’m seeing Jesus in my life or how the scriptures are speaking to me, it’s been about God’s constant presence and companionship. I felt the presence of prayer over my life in an incredible way this past year, and in moments that the world would say that peace was impossible, there was great calm, stillness, hope, and peace. The gift of Jesus’ presence with us through the Holy Spirit is incredible. I wonder what 2022 will bring for each of us.

In January we will begin a new sermon series entitled Unoffendable. It comes from the book Unoffendable by Brant Hansen. His book is an easy read, packed with great insights, and personal stories as to why it’s important to be unoffendable, and what that really means. We will look at several things such as God’s anger vs. Our own. We will discover what it means to be unoffendable. We will ask questions such as, can we trust our hearts, and more! Although it’s inspired by the book our sermons will all be based on the Holy Scriptures. I invite you to join us, and bring a friend along for the journey! We can wrestle with these ideas together.

Blessings to you, each and every one,
Pastor Joy Mitchell
 
 
December First, join us as we focus on a beginning, the Advent of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. ~~Pastor Al~~ that’s what we believe we see in the world, but because