Dear Epicentre Family,
It’s hard for me to believe that 2017 is around the corner. And … this year, New Year’s is on a Sunday. This only happens once in a while (the last time was in 2011).
As Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends, New Year’s is a time to reflect and look forward to what the new year will bring. 365 days is a long time, but it also goes by quickly. I’ve often found it helpful to take time in the week between Christmas and New Years to invite God into the coming year. Here are some things we do to transition into the new year.
- Make space to be quiet and reflect on the past year. I take a couple of hours to look at my calendar, and read over my journal.
Take time as a family to look through our pictures and videos we’ve taken in the last year. Josh, Evelyn and I sit in front of our TV and take turns streaming our photos to it. This gives us time as a family to laugh, and remember things that happened: places we went, food we ate and friends we spent time with.
- Ask God to speak words or a verse to us about the coming year. Because 2017 is a blank slate right now, asking God to speak in advance is a powerful way of us entering into the New Year with intentionality and purpose, not just letting the New Year happen to us.
Along that line, if you are in town, I’d like to encourage you to come to Epicentre on Sunday morning, Jan 1, at 10:00 a.m. I feel like God’s given me a special word that will minister to our hearts as we come together on the first day of 2017. We’ll hear from God’s Word, take communion together and ask God to speak to us, meet us, and sanctify us for a year that He already knows about. We'll also have our full Kingdom Kids ministry available.
If you’re not able to join us (because you’re at home during the holidays or away on vacation), please listen to Jan 1’s message via our app or website.
Happy New Year and see you soon!
Every year Epicentre receives a significant portion of its tithes and offerings in the last week of December. We encourage everyone to update their tithes and give generously to what God is doing at Epicentre. For charitable donations to be counted in this tax year, and to balance our budget, we encourage everyone to make sure checks are postmarked by Dec. 31st, and online giving is completed by 1:00 p.m. on December 31st. (Credit card transactions can be processed later, but bank transactions close earlier in the day!).