Well, it is now the year 2020 and I’m reminded of a song from years ago called “In the Year 2525” by Zager and Evans” that came out in 1968 and famously offered predictions of what we, society so to speak, might look like in the future. It jumps by millennium to 3535 and on, through the second coming and God’s judgement, till it ends in the year 10,000 where it suggests man’s reign is done. I can’t speak to the far-reaching predictions of the song, but I can say this: God is the author and creator of all, and His hand is at work in this world to achieve His end: the salvation of the world. Even in the midst of all the uncertainty we face in this world, amid the threat of war, of continuing natural disasters and ecological change, still, God is at work. I find assurance in this life verse of mine: Jeremiah 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
As we enter the year 2020, let us walk together in faith, that God’s hand is at work in our lives, community, country and world, even when at times, we can’t sense it. I know that here at Glen Moore United Methodist Church, we are moving forward with trust in God’s promises to us. Over the next two months, we’ll look at some of God’s promises around faithfulness, ministry, blessing and freedom, among others. In the midst of uncertainty, we can always count on God to be at work in our lives. His promises never fail even though our own too often crash and burn.
We are committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ as we know that we are His hands and feet in our community. We look to loving our neighbor and helping others around us in all we do because that is our life story: how God is at work in our lives, providing blessings, trust and comfort when we need them most.
As I look back across the year that I have been at Glen Moore, I think that we are poised to move forward with God’s plan in our community. We have seen young people committed to learning more about God. We have experienced loss also, as long time members of this congregation are no longer with us, but we are as-sured that their life story will reverberate still here at Glen Moore. We have reached out into our community in the many ways that include partnering with Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Faith Alliance Church for an Easter Sunrise service and a Thanksgiving Eve service. We continue our presence at township events and also have invited the community into our church through our cookie sale, fishermen’s breakfast, Philadelphia Flute choir as well hosting Boy Scout Troop 79. We are committed to being part of this community where God has planted us. Come join us as we tell our story of God’s love in our lives and the difference it has made for us!