The Opportunity of a New Year

We are on the threshold of a New Year.  2019 is a fresh year from the hand of God to bless us.  God continually talks about the new: a new song, a new thing, a new heart, a new name, a new spirit, a new covenant, a new heaven, and a new earth.All this talk reflects the very character of God.  He continually offers new opportunities to begin, to be cleansed for a fresh start, and opportunities to step up to new challenges.  God is for us, encouraging us toward growth and becoming more, because He loves us and wants the best for us.Consequently, a New Year is always a time to reflect upon the year gone by to consider what needs to change and what needs to become new.  With that wisdom, we can then claim the God-given opportunity of a New Year to move into the New Thing that God has already begun!  God invites us to open our eyes and see it. (Isaiah 43:19)

I would like to suggest 5 things that can nourish this New Year in a way that will make you a New Creation as the Apostle Paul promises in 2 Cor. 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, the old has gone, the new is here!”

  1. Claim a New Song!  Join the body of believers every Sunday morning for worship.  This regular practice of gathering to praise God in worship will become a new song in your life that will bring rhythm and perspective that will change your life.  Psalm 40:2-3, Psalm 149:1
  2. Claim a New Covenant!  Join a Life Group, where believers meet around God’s Word, discuss how to live the faith, and pray for one another.  This kind of fellowship connects believers with one another in a profound way that anchors our lives in covenant with God and one another.  Here are the various Life Groups offered at Mt. Auburn. These groups are working to live a life of faith together. Learn More
  3. Grow a New Heart!  “Grow Strong” in your walk with God is a New Year opportunity offered at 2 different times to meet the schedule that works best for you.  The Brown Bag Group will meet for lunch and study on Wednesdays from 12:00 (noon) to 1:45 p.m. in Room 125.  The Evening Group will meet Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 209. Both groups will begin on Wednesday, January 23, and be led by Rev. Don Cline.  The study will focus on a workbook by the Navigator’s designed to help you build a strong foundation for your Christian Life.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall.
  4. Discover a New Thing.    Claim a financial balance for your life.  A brand New Year filled with bills of a Christmas Celebration calls us to take a fresh look at how we handle our finances.

David Ramsey’ Financial Peace University is a national program being offered here at Mt. Auburn to help you get a handle on your finances.  The classes will begin on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and will run for 9 weeks.

The class will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 211 using videos from David Ramsey and taught by Ryan Core.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall.  Class materials are available online at http://www.fpu.com/1075167.

  1. Receive a New Spirit!  Ezekiel was very emphatic about God’s gift of a new spirit which God wants to implant into our lives.  Ezekiel was a man of prayer, who heard the voice of God, who spoke to and for God.

This New Year brings an opportunity to deepen your prayer life and receive a New Spirit that will empower your living.  Coming on Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mt Auburn will be hosting a Prayer Conference entitled “Reclaiming Prayer”.

Dr. Terry Tekyl will be leading this Prayer Conference, teaching how to pray with power and confidence.  Dr. Teykel has been teaching on prayer since 1980, both leading conference and writing nearly a dozen books on prayer during that time.  Prayer makes all the difference in the life of the Christian.  It is the vital connection that oxygenates our soul with the breath of the Holy Spirit.

The cost of the conference is $50.00 and will include lunch and materials.  There is a registration sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.  Seating is limited. The conference is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Covenant Association and will most likely sell out.  Please sign up no later than January 11th, the sooner the better.  Questions contact Rev. John K. Wortinger at johnw@mtauburnumc.org.

 -Rev. John Wortinger