03 January 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

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03 January 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“THE NEW YEAR CALLS FOR CHANGING ONE’S LIFE”

2nd Sunday After Christmas
Communion Sunday

THE BIGGER PICTURE : GOD’S RE-SOLUTIONS
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14

In our experiences of darkness and our own version of exile, the community quarantine, we tend to forget or lose sight of this “bigger picture.” But not so Jeremiah though, even in the deepest gloom and doom, the prophet exhorts the people of Judah and Israel not to give up, not to lose hope, not to forget the promises-the re – solutions of God.

Unlike the feeble New Year’s resolutions that we humans make; God’s resolutions; God’s promises are kept and fulfilled. We might start off okay, good intentions and all with our made promises, but within a month or so—if we last even that long!—we “fall off “ and set aside our own promises. We know from history that Jeremiah’s prophecy of hope and comfort did come true — the residents of the Northern Kingdom, Israel did return from their Assyrian exile; and the residents of the Southern Kingdom, Judah did return from their Babylonian exile. God did bless and prosper their work, their society, their nation again. Even today, they continue to be blessed by God and to prosper.

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