A note from Fr. Rick - the #13Sundayschallenge
Despite the bitter cold, and the blowing-sideways-snow...Happy New Year!
So, do you make New Year's resolutions? Did you this year? We're four days in to 2018... how are they going?
Not to depress you, but I've seen research that suggests 92% of people fail at their New Year's resolutions, and 80% fail by February. The experts in this (there are *experts* in this sort of thing??) say this is probably due to biting off more than we can chew. Dramatic all-or-nothing promises we make ourselves in moments of weakness on December 31st just tend to be too much to sustain. So the "experts" say (there's that word again), to make resolutions
. Something you can build success on, instead of giving up in abject failure.
In my Christmas Eve sermon I challenged you to make this Christmas not just about the child in the manger, but about who this child grows up to be, to do, and to say. I challenged you to take this new year and try and model ourselves more closely to the life and the way of Jesus. And, I challenged you to do this by coming week by week to hear the scriptures, offer prayers of thanksgiving, seek forgiveness for the ways we've fallen down, and receive strength from the holy meal we share in at the Altar.
There are now 13 Sundays until Easter. Just 13. What if you made it a priority - what if you made a resolution - to come to church for these 13 Sundays? If you just have to miss, you can always watch the live broadcast on Facebook at 10AM, or watch the archived service on our website later in the week. Or, go to another church wherever you happen to be on that Sunday.
Just 13 Sundays. That's less of a time commitment than most Netflix shows.
AND, by April 1st (Easter Sunday) you'll have completed your New Year resolution!
you can take great pride in being one of the elite 8% who keep their resolutions!
But, more importantly, you just might find yourself moved and inspired to go deeper into your spiritual life. You might just find yourself a force for good in ways that you wouldn't have imagined before. You might just end up inspiring or encouraging someone else who is also here on a Sunday morning.
So, anyway, that's my challenge to you. Will I challenge you to something else on April 1st? Will there be a bait-and-switch? Will I move the goal post?
But, consider taking this one challenge first. These 13 Sundays.
For God. For yourself. And for a world that needs more people living the Way of Jesus.
Happy New Year!
Sent by Rick Morley on Thursday, January 4 at 8:51AM