Happy New Year
Church News | Sunday, 1 January 2017 |
It’s very seldom that there is a Sunday service on New Year’s Day but that’s exactly what we enjoyed today. It was quite lovely to meet up together and to be able to wish everyone a Happy New Year on the very 1st of January. There was a good amount of people at the service, some had family and friends with them who were perhaps staying over for the weekend, so it was very good to welcome them along to the service too. Revd Carolyn gave a short address during which she said that this time of the year has many different names some, according to the different faith people have for example, there is the Jewish New Year of Chanukah and the Muslim New Year of Eid around this time and for the Christian community it can be called the naming or circumcision of Jesus, but for all intents and purposes, for us in Broomfield it’s New Year’s Day. Carolyn also reminded us that the months are named after Roman or Pagan Gods, and it would be quite a project trying to rename the months according to Christian beliefs – mmmm? She said however, Christianity shouldn’t be seen as an exclusive club and we, like Jesus, should be prepared to embrace other people and their way of life. Carolyn reminded us that one of the most used passages in the bible comes from the Gospel of John 3: v16 which said that 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. It must be seen that God sent his Son to earth for a special reason and that it would be good for us to remember the following verse of John’s Gospel that says 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Revd Carolyn, said that we should embrace the world like Jesus did, for we are not judged by the association we belong to, we are not judged by what we do for the church, how much money we give or how beautiful our hymn singing is, God judges his children of the world by the amount of love we show.