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Looking Ahead

Dear Friends,

 Happy New Year! How many times have you said that in the last week? There is something refreshing and cleansing about “new.” How good is it to put on a new pair of socks, or to write on the first page of a new notebook? A new school year, a new job, a new relationship they all bring a certain energy. “New car smell” is only sweet because it is…well, new.

And then, slowly the newness fades away. What does your car smell like now?  Most relationships become old relationships, new jobs just become jobs, and remember how excited you were for summer vacation at the end of a school year? New notebooks become used ones and socks…people seldom talk about the pleasures of old socks. New becomes old.

In worship this Sunday we will explore Mark 1:4-11, the baptism of Jesus. Through Jesus Christ, God was choosing to do something new in the world, something refreshing, something cleansing. This passage in Mark sets the table for our own baptism. So, what exactly happens in baptism? Baptism with water not only represents a cleansing from our sin but also a dying with Christ and rising with him to new life. (9.51, The Confession of 1967) It is a new life that is continually being renewed as the Holy Spirit refines us. The act of baptism happens once but the renewing of our hearts and minds is a lifelong process of being newly refreshed by the Spirit. Join us Sunday as we remember our baptism in the baptism of Jesus Christ.

If you have time, you will find it helpful to read Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11 as you prepare for worship on Sunday.

The Las Olas Art Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018. Traffic in the area may be heavier than normal. Please leave extra time when traveling to church on Sunday.

See you there,

Nic Merchant