As 2017 approaches I find myself with mixed feelings about this time. How did the last year move so quickly? What can God do in our world this coming year? What does God want of me (and each of us)? Maybe you’re wondering if change is possible for you and our world in this year to come. Maybe you’re wondering what you can hold on to that will help you deal with the changes around you. I know some of us try hard to make some new year’s resolutions that will bring positive change to our lives, but we also know that change is hard. Most of our resolutions are discarded by the time February arrives. We begin this year in worship at PVUMC with a series called “The Perfect Prayer” as we look at the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, one we use each Sunday in worship. You know this as “The Lord’s Prayer” which helps us learn what to ask of God, how to best ask and the kind of trusting relationship that God offers us in prayer. Most of us probably feel we could make some improvements in our prayer life. Join us Sunday as we meet the God that Jesus called “Abba,” an intimate, familial term that builds the best possible relationship for prayer. I close with an Irish greeting that I have always enjoyed and pray it will happen for you in this year to come:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers, Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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