Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

It’s January again. Not quite my favorite month, with the cold and the ice, and the frosty wind. But January is still a month pregnant with possibilities, and yet it’s even more, as the beginning of a whole new year. I always find it difficult to shift my thinking into a new year--you know, writing checks and dating letters and such. How about you? How quickly do you adapt to the newness of a new year? As I write the year has not yet turned: I have no idea how it came or what it will bring. I know it will be 2018 when you read this, yet I don’t know what that looks like yet.


That sounds a little like Advent all over again. It sounds like what we have been talking about for the last month as we came to Christmas. As Christians, we tell the story of our faith in our worship and in our seasons. Our story lives in the past, the present, and the future—and we tell each part of it each time we share Communion: “Christ was born. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” We know the outcome of the story we tell, yet we openly acknowledge that there is an unknown element to it. As Christians, we live in both the “now” and the “not yet.”


How do we live with the not-knowing? Faith and hope. We can’t know the unknowable, yet we hope. We hope that Christ was truly born into our hearts and through us, into the world. We hope that we can continue to hear the message of God’s love for ourselves.  We hope that  somewhere, somehow, we can bring that message to folks who need it so badly. And where can we live in that hope?


For me, the answer is in the church. I believe that as a gathered community of faith, we can find strength and hope in our communion and community, as well as grace to meet our every need. Your church is here—the doors are open, the table is set.

Come and hear the story again; discover for yourself how


to live in both the now and the not yet! 



I wish you Christ’s blessing in the newness of this year.

Still in One Peace,