I still enjoy receiving a paper calendar, seeing the pages and rows of blank unsullied squares each ready to receive opportunities to meet with people and to advance the kingdom of heaven. Those fresh new pages remind me of the gift of God’s grace, coming to us fresh each day. This reminder of not merely a new day, but a new year with all of previous years put behind to grow on without being weighed down by the burdens of what might have gone less than perfectly, is what drives my desire to celebrate not merely on New Year’s Eve, but also on each Sunday when we affirm the truth of God words.

He who was seated on the throne said,
“I am making everything new!”
— Revelation 21:5

The assurance of pardon is perhaps my favorite time during worship. The pouring of water into our baptismal font adds a visual and auditory reminders of God making all things new. Plus you might notice me dipping my hand into the font as I leave worship, one final physical reminder of God’s act of grace affirmed in our baptisms and recited each Sunday.

I will have more to say about the 21st chapter of Revelation on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor