Happy New Year and I hope you had a great Christmas. Starting January 8th children’s church will be starting a new series on the book of Acts. The kids will be learning about the early church, the apostles and the power of the Holy Spirit. The main verse we will be working on is Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.” In the first week the kids will learn how God sent the Holy Spirit and how we can do much more than we can ever imagine through the power of the Holy Spirit. Also starting new for this year on the fifth Sunday of the month, there will be no children’s church. Kids will be in the service as this gives our volunteers a much-needed break and an opportunity to join in the Worship Service. The Sundays will be January 29, April 30th, July 30th, October 29, and December 31. We will announce the Sunday before in the worship service. We will also have packets of activities for the kids to do in the service.

Hey there church family! I'd like to start off by saying Happy New Year 2023!

In Psalms 92:1-2, it says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.” I think this is a wonderful passage for us to reflect on about making our praise and worship intentional, as we transition into the New Year.

Some of us have Sunday morning worship on our calendars. It is an item on our agenda, just as any other appointment or engagement. Our praise in this context is simply, a habit. We go to work, the grocery store, school, and church. When we arrive at church we find our usual seat and we stand for worship. We occasionally say "amen" in response to a sermon and then we leave and begin our week all over again.

To be intentional in our praise, we have to find meaning and purpose in it. We should anticipate and find excitement in being with other believers, moving into the worship experience with an open heart and spirit of thanksgiving! More importantly, our praise should not begin with the morning worship time at church. And it should not end when the church service ends. It should simply transition into our day and our week, the whole week through.

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