The month of January got its name from Janus, the Roman god with one face looking back to the past and another face looking toward the future. This god oversaw transitions, thresholds, endings and new beginnings.
Although we pay no homage to ancient pagan deities, we can honor the One we know as holy by acknowledging God’s oversight of all our transitions. As we begin the year 2020, pundits and friends alike will ponder the past year and, in many cases, the past decade.
Someone said, “A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.” My father often asked God to forgive “our sins of commission and our sins of omission.” Classic Christian prayers ask forgiveness for doing “what we ought not to have done” and neglecting to do “what we ought to have done.” To enter the new year in a thoughtful way, consider asking God for forgiveness, and if possible, asking forgiveness from someone you have hurt or alienated.
At the same time, receive forgiveness by the grace of God! Though upcoming events, activities, appointments, and obligations may already clutter your 2020 calendar, the check-off squares are still blank. What we make of each day is still an open possibility.
As a church, we have a distinct awareness of being at a point of transition. The Search Team has now submitted the Congregational Profile to the Search and Call system of our denomination, which will help our Regional Minister match prospective candidates with First Christian of Greensboro. We’ve prayed for months for a compelling vision and a clear mission that our Search Team, with the support of our membership, now has the criteria to look beyond surface impressions and to discern which individual will best share your hopes and dreams.
Pray for our Search Team as they move into this challenging phase of their task. At the same time, please resolve not to wait for a new pastor to come before you engage significantly in pursuing the aims our discovery process revealed. We need participants in small groups to build new friendships through study, prayer, and service. I hope your 2020 calendar will make room for such participation.
—Phil Miller, your Transitional Pastor