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New Year’s Eve offers morning opportunity to worship

by E.D. Thyr, Special to the R-C

One of the great opportunities for worship on the last day of an old year is the opportunity to make some attainable resolutions and to ask some important questions about the past year. How was your millennial year? Good? Normal? Terrible? It all depends on how you measure the events of the past year in your life.

At Shepherd of the Sierra, worshippers will have the opportunity to analyze the past year in the light of the Word of God as Pastor Thyr urges worshippers to look back and remember. He will challenge worshippers to remember all the bad things that happened to them in the past year and then to focus on all of the good things that happened. In His wisdom, God has made it possible for us to remember the good things. That’s why we hear older people speak about the good, old days even though we know that those days were really not all that great.

In addition, those attending the New Year’s Eve morning services will be directed by the Word of God to look to the future with hope, enthusiasm and commitment. “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” (Romans 8:28.) These words say a great deal about the future, even in uncertain times.

Great hymns of the faith will be sung by the gathered church at Shepherd of the Sierra tomorrow morning, reflecting the centuries old tradition of Bible Christians in focusing on the hope that has elevated God’s people throughout history.

Everyone is invited to worship at SOS. Perhaps you have seen the evening star over the manger scene at Shepherd of the Sierra between Target and Costco on the west side of Highway 395. It will remain there to guide newcomers to our worship services until after the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas). Services on Sunday morning, Dec. 31, will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with Bible study for adults and Sunday school for children at 9:45 a.m.

What a great way to plan for the New Year. For more information about Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, simply call 267-3680. You are always welcome at SOS.

– E.D. Thyr is the pastor of Shepherd of the Sierra Church.