Rooted in God’s Word, Growing in Christ’s Love, Branching Out to Serve, Bearing Fruits of Faith
“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side,
HE has made him known.” John 1:18
Christmas is far more than a single day just to pack everything away until next year. It is a “season” the Church celebrates able to carry us into the new year. What God makes known by His birth from the Virgin Mary directs us to knowing Him. Without Christ, the Old Testament would remain a promise unfulfilled for humanity (Galatians 3:23). Without Jesus, darkness would rule the day having no light showing us the
love of God (2 Corinthians 4:6). Without the Son, God would be distant being unable to call upon Him as his
children (1 John 1:3). The Christmas season gives us hope to enter a new year already knowing God is with
us, Immanuel, Christ the Lord. Certainly, many thanks go out to those who answered the call to help as servants in the church this past year at St. John. May this blessing continue into 2024 knowing God born in a manager goes to the cross as the sacrifice that none can give. Where New Year’s resolution emphasizes our works, Jesus leads us into the season of Epiphany (Jan.-Feb.) revealing how His Word brings life to our lives. How much do we need to hear again what He says, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). His Word of the Gospel is what He has also given as God’s mission and ministry for a sinful world. Having full confidence in this good news made known by Christ happens daily from our promise of baptism, weekly at His Divine service, and throughout our lives. This becomes an Epiphany to others in our daily lives. The body of Christ is a witness whether together or apart. St. Paul tells us, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” (Romans 12:6). Bigger than a man-centered community with a house built on sand, Epiphany reveals Jesus does change lives for He is God in the flesh. This Christ-centered com munity built on Him continues to call out to all who have ears to hear. It is not a choice or strength of man, but a work of the Spirit coming from Jesus’ Word and Sacraments. Blessed with the Lord, this New Year is to be a gift in our lives with faith in Him and love for others, as He loves us.
The Light of Christ be with you all,
Please join us!
Worship Time: Sunday at 9:30am
We are conveniently located in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
We may call Bay City our home but we are in close proximity to Saginaw, Freeland, Auburn, and many more surrounding towns
with easy access to I-75.
1664 Amelith Rd
Bay City, MI 48706