Pastor Noah’s New Year Message
GOOD BYE 2017! WELCOME 2018!
How do we start the brand New Year? The year 2017 really went so quick and most of us will ask, …what had happened to last year? So how do we begin the New Year? When I was new to Illinois and got my first drivers license in Dixon IL, I was so excited driving all around but not accustomed to reading road signs on interstate highways and was not quite used to reading maps because there were no GPS on cellphones during those years, you have to read the road map. One day I was to attend a meeting in Fondulac, Wisconsin, and of course I got lost. A little hesitant to ask for directions, I stopped at a service station to ask for directions. Several people tried to tell me where and how to go, but I couldnt simply figure out what they were telling me. Finally, a young man, a customer said , perhaps it would be easier if you just follow me and Ill take you there. For sure I got to my destination. Signs and signals are posted on roads and railroad crossings to guide and protect us. However, sometimes we ignore them, often to our own harm; at other times we simply cannot understand or figure out what those signs meant. In those instances, the only way out to our destination is perhaps to follow a Guide.
Friends, as we start our journey in this brand New Year we should be thankful that God provided a Guide for us, Jesus Christ, born and re-born in us on Christmas Day. Just as the Three Magis who were guided by a shining star for them to seek the new born King! No matter how confusing the signs of life, no matter how complex are the detours in our lifes journey. We can be assured we will always be safe on the right road if we keep and turn our eyes on Jesus. Because he is the only One sent by God to show us the way to life…that is Life eternal.
As a congregation allow me to ask you to do three important things to consider as we start a New Year in our ministry. First, recognize that the church is the body of Christ, and everyone has an important role to play and a ministry to accomplish, whether you are an elected leader of the congregation or not. Secondly, welcome and receive Christ into your heart, into your attitudes, and in your relationships as your Guide, Savior and Redeemer. Third, take Christ’s presence, in our worship, workplaces, fellowship and in all you do for our mission efforts.
Finally, may we extend to you and to your families our best wishes for a very happy, healthy, prosperous, peaceful and blessed New Year 2018. With another milepost in sight and another year beckoning us with new hopes and new opportunities for ministry, we stop for a moment to reflect upon how God in Christ has bestowed upon us, Gods love that sustained and will continue to sustain us throughout the New Year. On behalf of my daughter Reanna Grace, we wish to thank you all for your good gesture of love, support, and prayers, expressed through your love gifts, greeting cards and best wishes during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Best of all we are grateful to God for giving us the privilege of serving you, here at Malta and Northwest Malta United Methodist Churches in the name Jesus Christ our Lord.
To God Be the Glory for Great Things God has Done!
Yours because of Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio