A New Year, An Old Psalm

by Pastor Nate Powell

Welcome to the year 2022! Again, probably not enough posts from me on the website of late. But which of us doesn’t fall down on some of our New Year resolutions and goals, right? It’s funny to think of the calendar turning over again, since the last 2 years seem to have caused many of us to lose our sense of time. In some ways, it has felt like the longest 2 years of my life. In others, it seems like it’s happened in a blink. I guess that’s what these pandemic years can do to a person
 
In case we haven’t seen one another lately, I want you to know directly that I am thankful to serve here as your pastor for another year, and I’m eager to see what the Lord has in store for us. On December 26, I preached what I call my State of the Church sermon. I preach it after Christmas every year, looking back at the past year, and looking at what is ahead in the next. (If you didn’t get to hear it, you can listen to the sermon audio here.)
 
The point of that sermon was that I want to see our church seeking & following the Good Shepherd Jesus together this year, and learning to pray the 23rd Psalm together each day and/or week. That famous prayer and psalm teach us and mold us in many ways. It teaches us to be content in the guidance and care of our shepherd. It teaches us that the shepherd’s path will wind thru both times of blessing and times of difficulty. It teaches us that our shepherd guides us and disciplines us. Our shepherd protects us and gives us victory.
 
I do not know if this will be a good or a bad year, but I do know that it will be the Lord’s year. May God bless and grow us. May God bless and grow his church.