O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things … Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
––Psalm 98:1, 4-6
Psalm 98 always seems like a good choice for the New Year. There is so much joyful noise going on around the world, and even though I didn’t stay up to watch the ball drop this year, I did wake up the next morning to find that Apple had sent me a little fireworks app that appeared on my watch. Small celebrations.
I hope you all had wonderful celebrations of your own, of whatever size. Now that we have entered 2020, I have a bit of catching up to do. I’m thinking back to the all-church meeting we had in October. I was very pleased with the turn out and the good enthusiasm that was generated by the meeting. Unfortunately, the follow-up has been less than stellar, and I take full responsibility for that. Shortly after the meeting we were plagued by illness; my own and other committee members. We also had some very frustrating issues with our computers and email. Add to that all the normal pressures of the holiday season, and the ball did indeed drop, or get dropped that is. I do apologize for leaving everyone hanging, and for not taking better advantage of the good momentum we had generated.
You should know though, that the process we began so well has not stopped, only temporarily dropped below the horizon. Tomorrow morning at FCC, we will be hosting the latest gathering of the nine churches in our Church Leadership for the 21st Century class. Our own, local CL21 group, and our Membership Team, will be working together to hammer out next steps, and we will be communicating with the whole congregation as we develop a plan. I don’t know about you, but my New Year’s resolution is to see this good energy move forward, for the sake of the church we all love.
See you soon,