Make Jesus Your Goal
This time of year, you can find a lot of expert advice on how to make goals and the plans required to achieve those goals over the course of the new year. Whatever goals and plans you choose to make for yourself in the coming year, remember to connect those dreams and visions to your relationship with Jesus so that as you work to improve how you live your life you also open yourself allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen your relationship with God.
The St. Paul's church calendar isn't just a schedule of worship times and events -- more things to do -- it's a schedule of events and resources to strengthen your faith in Christ, opportunities to love and serve your neighbor, and finally to grow more deeply into the covenant God made with you in baptism.
In this e-mail, we announce our annual meeting, as well as the dates and times for my annual report to the congregation and our 2017 budget forum. Next week, look for an e-mail with a listing of our worship and study opportunities between now and Ash Wednesday (March 1). And the following week, look for an e-mail listing the many ways you might choose to serve God and love your neighbor in this congregation and in the community in the coming year.
Finally, let me offer just one idea for a goal for 2017: Make weekly worship a top priority. If you worship one or two times each month, make a goal to attend worship two or three times each month; if you attend most every Sunday, make a goal to attend midweek studies and services in Lent or add one session of a Bible study to your plans for the year. If you attend worship regularly, attend a Bible study or midweek service, and even serve on a team, committee or even council, make it your goal to invite someone else to worship, study or serve with you this year.
If you need help working those goals into concrete plans of action for the coming year, give me a call and let's talk about how you can grow in your life of faith, love and service in Jesus' name.
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