January 5th (2nd Sunday of Christmas): “In the Beginning”
Main Text: John 1:1-18 (Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-14)
as you prepare to receive a new year and a new pastor, it is important to
remember what has always been. “In the beginning was the Word.” Though the new
pastor will bring new ways of being and doing into the life of Abiding Presence
Church, they are and will continue to be grounded in what has been not only
from the beginning of this congregation but from the beginning of time. We are
not the creators of the Word, the Word is the creator of us. God spoke all
things into creation. The good news is that God did not die on the cross. The
good news is that the Word is not nailed to a tree. The good news is that God
continues to speak and create in and through us. Our task is not to create, but
to testify to what God is creating. God has a plan for the fullness of time.
That plan involves redemption as envisioned by Jeremiah. That plan is according
to the good pleasure of God put forth in Christ. Get ready people of God, the
time has come according to the Spirit. It is the beginning!