Each year, many of us find ourselves setting goals or resolutions for the new year. While many of them are worthwhile goals, like living a more healthy lifestyle, making commitments to renew and revive relationships… the list could go on. But I’m wondering, are we thinking too small? Are we living the “just get by” life plan, or is there perhaps a larger God-given dream that could be incorporated into every thing we do?
Often I’ve been asked, “Why does this or that happen?” My snarky gut reaction answer is usually, “I am astounded that anything happens at all.” The last few weeks as I’ve been meditating on Christ’s mysterious birth, I realized that this birth is an invitation into an awareness of the miracles happening all around us. Just as much as Jesus’ birth breaks the laws of reason – there is seemingly no good reason for laughter either; yet periodically it is the only thing that makes the world palatable.
Not only is hope the expectation of possibility, it is an action that always looks to the future. It is quite a waste of time to hope for something which has already occurred. It’s like hoping for ice cream yesterday, but here we are hoping for a Messiah who has already come in the person of Jesus Christ. The root of an Advent hope is the desire that Christ’s birth matters. Will the incarnation finally transform hate into love, war into peace, sadness into joy?
Through the start of Lent, we will be talking about hope-filled, God-sized dreams – both in worship and in our leadership meetings. Beginning with the Wise people who had a dream to follow a star, we will be exploring what it means to discern God’s purpose for your life. Kings and stars, doves and voices, water and wine, transfiguration – all things start with a dream for something different. Everyone – no matter what your age or station in life – has a dream! When we dare to dream, we can discern God’s dreams for our lives, and following those dreams will help us discover our God-purpose.
In this coming year, let us find our God-purpose and say, “YES!” to the hope God has for us and our congregations! My prayer for all of us is that we live out and embody our vision as an individual congregation and as the Silverton Parish of SUMC and TLC by living faithfully, answering God’s call, witnessing boldly, growing in faith, serving joyfully, spreading God’s love, making disciples of Jesus Christ, and transforming the world.
1/4 – Inquiring Class, 4pm at Pastor Laura’s House!
1/7 – Bible Study at SUMC @ 10:30am
1/9 – Bible Study at TLC @ 6:30pm
1/19 – Messy Church @ TLC, 4pm!
1/25 – Family Game Night! 6:30pm @ TLC
1/27 – Annual Meeting after coffee hour
1 – We are in need of some volunteers! We need help during Worship! Are you interested in doing some reading? Are you able to Usher? Please see Loretta if you are interested in/able to help us out!
2 – Our Annual Meeting is coming up at the end of the month! Are you interested in serving on the council or one of our committees? We are looking for new people to serve! Please prayerfully consider a role on the Council, or volunteering on a committee! See Pastor Laura for information on what positions are available! Current council members and committee chairs – Please have all reports in the office by the week of January 14th so Jill has time to assemble the report! Thank you!
January 4, 2019 Marjory Lange, Violin
Music by Händel, Wicks, and Dvoràk
February 1, 2019 Salem String Quartet
Caius and Sigrun Oprea, Brandon Correa, and Katherine Parks
March 1, 2019 Ensemble Aalto
Aage Nielsen, historical and modern double reed instruments;
Christopher Wicks, keyboards
April 5, 2019 “Love Is Strong as Death”
Unstaged performance of opera composed by Christopher Wicks.
Singers: Alison Seeber, Aimée Amend, Bennett Bailey; Wicks at the piano.
May 3, 2019 Sara Truelove, Clarinet
Music by Saint-Saëns, Donizetti, and Wicks
June 7, 2019 John Collison
Pianist and director of music at SUMC, with colleagues
July 5, 2019 The Indomitable String Quartet, music by C. Wicks
Violinists Stephanie Barth and Michelle Reed; violist and cellist TBA
August 2, 2019 Trio Demika
Michael Lemmers, violin; Kathy Scopacasa, cello; Debra Huddleston, piano
September 6, 2019 Stephanie Barth, violin
Music by Mozart and Dvorak
October 4, 2019 “I Know that God Is Good: St. Theresa of Lisieux.”
A chamber oratorio, composed by C. Wicks, with Alison Seeber, soprano,
and Ellen Yager, narrator
November 1, 2019 Mitch Iimori, oboist,
to premiere a new sonata and to play other works
December 6, 2019 Follow Santa to Silverton UMC!
(part of the City of Silverton Tree Lighting in Town Square Park) a family-friendly event to welcome the Christmas season, with a musical component
All performances begin at 7:00 pm at Silverton United Methodist Church
Donations are accepted but not required.
Servers for January
Assistant Minister = Norman English, Altar Guild = Margaret English, Usher = Neville Johansen