How are your eyes? Mine have always needed a little help. Do you use readers off the rack, contacts, bifocals, trifocals, a magnified glass? Or do you have 2020 vision? Throughout the Bible we find God’s people always needing help with their vision. The words of the prophets and Jesus called and still call for us to see with God’s heart and focus.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 29:11-14a
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20
And of course, in the wonderful hymn we turn towards, longing for God’s vision to be ours. “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art; thou my best thought, by day or by night; waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”
Our job is not to come up with some unique vision for the church. Our job is to take Jesus’ vision for the church and make it our own. As 2020 begins, we will use various approaches to improve our vision. Exploring the living Word of God, in prayer, through a survey from the national church and through our conversation at the annual meeting, we will aim to strengthen our vision as God’s people and as a church.
I look forward to all January and this New Year holds for us and for our witness through Christ’s ministry at KPC. May we continue to look out into the world for God’s perfect vision of love.
~Peace, Pastor Sharyl
KPC’s Annual Meeting & Pot Luck Lunch is January 26, 2020. Annual reports will be available Sunday, January 19. Following worship on the 26th we will share lunch, give thanks for 2019 and move forward in faith!