Ringing in the New Year – PCO Style!

The NewYear means different things to different people.  Some celebrate.  Some don’t.  Those who choose to celebrate do it in a number of different ways.  There are some (many, I dare say…) who choose to get crazy drunk and end up starting the NewYear with an agonizing hangover.  Others choose to spend the evening with family and friends.  Many Christians around the world ring in the NewYear at church in prayer with fellow believers.  I think it’s the best way to start a new year, turning it over to God.  The main message preached by Lead Pastor, Michael Peppin, was from Hebrews 12:1-12.  In this passage, we learn that the race laid out before us is a SET race.  It has already been marked out by God.  While that is true, the Bible also makes it clear that we have personal obligations in running this race.  We are to “lay aside every weight which hinders us.”  One of the most poignant points that Pastor Michael mentioned which would be good for ALL of us to consider is: “What sin made you stumble the most in 2009?”  Another important point from the service, which matched the banner on the wall you see here, is that we must consider the goal.  Saying “YES” to Christ means saying “NO” to other things.  We, as Christians, do not forget that Jesus is “the author and perfector/finisher of our faith”.  “I am no longer my own but yours.  Your will, not mine be done in all things, wherever You may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me and when there is none; when I am troubled and when I am at peace.  Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded; when I find fulfillment and when it is lacking; when I have all things, and when I have nothing.  I willingly offer all I have and am to serve You, as and where You choose.  Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am yours.  May it be so for ever.  Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. Amen.”  What better to start the NewYear than in sharing communion with other believers!  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.  “And so, LORD, we obey His command with this bread and this cup, by which we recall His death and resurrection, the source of our life and salvation.  Grant that we, who share in this Holy sacrament, may be united by Your Spirit and grow into perfect love.  Bring us, with those who have done Your will in every age, into the light of Your presence and the joy of Your kingdom.  On the back of the church bulletin, was this BEAUTIFUL letter from Pastor Michael Peppin:

Dear Fellow Christians,

Someone said, “Life is like a coin, you spend it only once.”  2009 is past, and what is passed cannot be retrieved.  So this calls us to live with priorities in mind.

Jesus gave to His disciples this priority when He said, “Seek first God’s Kingdom…” (Matthew 6:33)  This means that we must, in 2010, come to terms with which kingdom we are going to serve.  The kingdom He represented was altogether different from the “me-ism” of today.

This “me-ism” philosophy is best described in these words: “I’ll have my own way, Lord, I’ll have my own way.  I’ll be the potter, You be the clay; I’ll mould You and make You after my will While You are waiting, yielded and still.”

King Nebuchadnezzar, in the Old Testament book of Daniel is a classic example of this philosophy.  Then as a broken man, he surrendered to God’s Kingdom and authority. (Daniel 4)

As we step into 2010, be assured that the kingdom of the world will not only confront us but assault us.  If we are here just for ourselves, then to stay on the top of the heap, we will manipulate, deceive and scheme.  But if we are committed to His kingdom, then “we will seek His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).  We will be governed by kingdom concerns.  This means, that in 2010, every step we take, will make us ask: “Is this His will?  Would this honour God and bring glory to His Name?”

People who are committed to Christ the King will strive for excellence and not for mediocrity.  People who know their God will resist the pressure of the world to conformity.  The pastors and their families, the PCO council and our staff join me in wishing you a Christ-centered NewYear.  In His love, Michael Peppin  It’s later than we think!  Here‘s an incredible presentation performed by Jess and the gang!  Enjoy!  Happy New Year to everyone out there!!!  Wishing you all of God’s richest blessings in 2010!!!

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