HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Without a doubt, you have wished others and received numerous greetings of Happy New Year as we have ushered in 2014. At the transition of one year into the next, there is always that strange sensation of reminiscing about the past and projecting hopefully about the future. As a pastor, I tend to mainly focus my thoughts on today and the future rather than upon the past or yesterday. So entering a new year is always an exciting time for me. It is a time of adventure and envisioning a better time. It is a time of brainstorming and planning for bigger and better things. It is a time of hope and prosperous thought. It is a time for new opportunities and potential. It is a time for limitless possibilities.
The fact that you are without an installed Minister of Word and Sacrament does not diminish any of these feelings or thoughts when it comes to The Reformed Church of South River. Jesus said, "Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be also." So, the kingdom is alive and well, and the thoughts expressed above are the universal thought of the Kingdom of God. They are thoughts based upon faith and trust and the truth of the re-creating power of the Almighty.
As we enter 2014 at First Reformed Church of South River, we anticipate the working of God in this community in the coming year, and we anticipate being a part of that working. There will be opportunities provided for you to support and participate in. There will be worship and service opportunities. There will be maintenance and repair projects requiring your expertise. There will be personal and corporate calls to reach others with the message of grace, reconciliation, acceptance and love in Christ's name.
So, with this in mind, I wish you all God's blessing for a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!
Reverend David Martin, Classis Supervisor