“In the beginning was the Word.” These words from the beginning of John’s Gospel will have new meaning as we worship this Sunday on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017.
As we usher in a New Year, the celebration of Christmas continues. The light that started being lit during the Advent Season now becomes fully illuminated in Christmastide. In beginning a New Year, we can take part in creating new opportunities for God’s grace to find a place in our lives.
The Holy Spirit invites us to discover new solutions to the problems that plague our communities. In a new way, the light of Christ is magnified through the church, becoming even brighter as the New Year dawns.
Despite the darkness around us, even amidst the injustice and hardship we see, in worship this Sunday we will testify that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”