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We are in a five-part sermon series that reflects on the past difficulties of 2020 and explores the hopeful potential of the new year. “Everything New!” looks at our current circumstances through the story of Ruth, a young woman who was forced by a global crisis to move to a new place with God.

Lord, please make me blessable.

Move me to the place where I am able to receive your blessings.

Draw me closer to you; push me closer to your people;

bring me to your Word; bring me to your worship.

I want to be with you in the place where you are.

Father, give me the strength and the resolve to move to you

and to the place of your blessings.

January 3

Weekly Scripture Focus: 

Revelation 21:3-5

Reflection Question:

What does it mean for Jesus to say, “These words are trustworthy and true?”

Spiritual Practice:

Pray out loud the prayer shown above. Now write in your journal the one line of this prayer that resonates the most with you today. What is God saying to you in this line? What do you need to say to God?

January 10

Weekly Scripture Focus: 

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Reflection Question:

When you look closely at yourself, which do you see more: your struggles and sins or your righteousness in Christ?

Spiritual Practice:

Write down three New Year’s resolutions: one for your relationship with the Lord, one to govern your relationship with your family, and one that addresses your work and/or your free time. Commit these to God in prayer.

January 17

Weekly Scripture Focus: 

2 Corinthians 4:8-18

Prayer Guidance:

Ask God in prayer to help you with your vision; for the strength to fix your eyes on Jesus and on the eternal, not the temporary.

Journaling:

Make a list in your journal of all the words and phrases from 2020 you never want to hear again. For example: “In these uncertain times…” and “Limit two packages of toilet paper per customer.”

January 24

Weekly Scripture Focus: 

Matthew 5:14-16

Reflection Question:

How is the world different now from what it was a year ago? What has changed? What does the world need in 2021?

Spiritual Practice:

How can I minister in a way that might meet some of those needs? Consider some tangible ways you can meet the needs you see in the world.

January 31

Weekly Scripture Focus: 

Hebrews 2:9-18

Prayer Guidance:

Lift a prayer of thanksgiving to God for a couple of specific ways he blessed you in 2020.

Spiritual Practice:

What hopes and dreams do you have for yourself and your family? Where do you see yourself and your loved ones in 2031? Use your journal to write a paragraph describing each of you — where you are, what you’re doing, how you feel, etc., — in ten years.