IF THE WRITER…of Ecclesiastes is correct, then there is “…nothing new under the sun.”  In fact, for me to imply that a new year will bring “new things” to the life of our church would be in direct conflict with this writer of biblical literature! (And I wouldn’t want to be in direct conflict with someone who pens biblical literature.)  So, I’m siding with the Apostle Paul today and leaving the writer of Ecclesiastes to his own depressing demise…

IF THE APOSTLE PAUL…is correct, then those of us who are in Christ are new creations; and all things can be made new!  He doesn’t say God makes all new things…just that the old things are made new.  God takes the stuff of life and recreates it, polishes it, reshapes it…redeems it.  Since much of the most treasured stuff in my life is old stuff, then making it new sounds good to me!

IF THE WRITERS…of this edition of Family Matters are correct, then you will see a lot of stuff you’ve seen in years past…but…it has all been made new.  We’ve celebrated the turn of a new year before, but this year we will welcome another 365 days of life with baptism and communion in the intimacy of our chapel.  We’ve previously welcomed children and parents to our annual Seekers in Sneakers program.  But this year, we will conclude the evening with a Praying in Color vesper service in the Great Room.  Our youth have attended Jubilate Retreats in years past.  But this year, there will be new music and new friends.  We’ve sponsored and attended retreats during the course of our faith journey. But this month’s Eleventh Step Retreat will be a valuable time of prayer for those who participate in 12 Step programs and for others who’ve never heard of the 12 Steps!

IF I’M RIGHT…(and I’m pretty sure I am)…the new year is going to hold a lot of familiar sounding moments for all of us, but they have all been made new.  I hope you find space for these new things in your new year.  Read on…