Dear Concordia Family,

I hope your week is off to a great start and your 2013 is coming to a blessed end.  I would encourage you to take some time on this New Year’s Eve and reflect on all the ways in which God has blessed you in 2013.  Spend some time in prayer thanking Him for all His goodness to you over this past year and asking Him for His blessing on you during this next year!

 

Speaking of next year, Concordia is ringing in this New Year with two services this evening.  The first is our Prayer and Healing Service at 4pm.  This is an informal service where you can quietly reflect and bring to God your cares and concerns.  Prayer partners will be stationed at the front of the sanctuary to pray with you and, if you desire, to anoint you with oil according to the practice of James 5:14-15:  “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.”  Then, at 6 pm, we will host a traditional New Year’s Eve service with Communion.  We hope you can join us for worship.

 

You’re going to love our new chapel!  Our maintenance guys have been hard at work in the space that used to be our bookstore, downstairs in the old worship center, renovating it into a beautiful chapel.  This will be where our Vespers services will be held, Sundays at 5 pm, as well as other smaller services.  We pray this space will be a blessing to many in our Concordia family.

 

This past weekend in worship, we studied the song of Simeon in Luke 2:25-32 and reflected on the value of waiting.   In our fast-paced and speed-based society, we need to learn how to better wait.  Simeon waited to see God’s Messiah and, as he found out, it was well worth the wait!  Likewise, the Bible says God eagerly waits for people to repent of their sins and trust in Him because He thinks we are well worth the wait!  Consider slowing down a little this week and intentionally waiting for others.  They’ll be blessed by your care for them and you’ll be blessed in your patience!

 

I hope you have a happy New Year!  I can’t wait to see what great things God has in store for our beloved Concordia family in 2014!

God bless you,
Pastor Bill

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