Dear Ford St. Friends,
Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you in a hopeful state as we begin a new season. When I was visiting my sister in California last week, I was reminded of these words from a Mary Oliver poem about “Instructions for Life”:
Tell about it!
What a great set of “instructions” for us as we begin a new year. These instructions apply to life in general, but I believe they also apply to our walk of faith as followers of Jesus. We are to remain open to the ways that God works among us. We pay attention. We take note of what astonishes us. Then, we are called to TELL about it! Just like Amy Egly said in her testimony to us last week, let’s tell our stories and be proud of where we are on our various journeys.
Speaking of journeys, we will explore the story of the magi who come to visit Jesus this Sunday. They follow a star to an unexpected and humble king. This year, YOU will receive a star with a word on it. This will be your “Star Word” for 2024. Let it choose you! Let it guide you! Let it challenge or encourage you! Let it comfort you!
If you are unable to join us in person this Sunday and would like a star word, please reach out to me and I will select one for you.
Let’s have a great year here at Ford St! Blessings in 2024.
Rev. Jill Moffett
Lead Pastor, Ford St. UMC