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The time has come again, as old has gone and new has arrived.
Some of us pray that this year will not be like the last,
remembering only the pains, struggles, and losses of what often
seemed, at best, the meaningless march of one incessant second
after another. Some of...

May we rejoice, do good, and recognize the beauty regardless of our place on the continuum of existence.


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Lectionary Week
January 1, 2017
Scripture Overview

The scriptures that mark the new year offer a panorama of perspectives, from Ecclesiastes as a poetic musing on how life is measured out in seasons, to the vision in Revelation of what we commonly consider the end of time itself. Psalm 8 asks what the role is for humans in God’s magnificent creation, and Matthew 25 gives us a sobering criterion for how that role might be judged. At the core of all these scriptures is a strong sense of God’s presence, a loving steadfastness in which we can rest. [With only one day given, the writer has chosen to write on the Ecclesiastes passage; the other texts are listed in the readings at the back of the book.]

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. How will you celebrate this new year? What practices will you consider taking up in order to participate fully in God’s future?

Respond by posting a prayer.

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Sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ . . .

“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.