As we begin a new year (Advent!), it is time to align our expectations of what may be, with our Christian HOPE. St. Paul says, (Romans 5:5)… hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
If we are to experience Great, Godly things in this New Year, then we must adjust our behavior to meet those Great, Godly, expectations.
- Expect to meet new people in worship. John 4:35 “I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. Express an expectation to meet new people at worship this year by wearing your name tag.
- Expect to meet God in worship. Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him; We will reserve the sanctuary as a place for silence before worship begins. A place where people can prepare to meet the LORD in silence. Fellowship and conversation will be encouraged in the narthex and fellowship hall.
- Expect that St. Mark’s ministry is going to change in line with the needs of its people and the community within which we live. Acts 4:34 There was not a needy person among them… To express our HOPE that we will adjust congregational resources to new needs, we are asking that everyone sit in a different place than they usually have. If you sit on the left side of the sanctuary, sit now on the right, and so on. By changing where you sit, you are expressing the expectation that St. Mark’s is not going to “maintain our place” but we are going to move on with Great Expectations, rooted in profound Christian hope.
Thank you for demonstrating your high hopes and expectations for St. Mark’s with changed behavior that supports and promotes it.