As we welcome 2016 at First Presbyterian Waltham, we welcome our community to a brand new year!  And we look forward to welcoming new folk to our community.  I am reminded of the Scriptural verse in which God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing. Can you not see it?”  We will be listening and looking for God’s Spirit moving in the new year in our hearts and in our world.

When we celebrated Christmas, we welcomed once again that child who came to bring peace on earth good will to all of us. On January 6 we celebrate the coming of the Magi to recognize the birth of Christ from a far away place and from a different religion from that of the child and his parents. A clear reminder that we are connected to one another across religious faiths by God’s all encompassing and all loving Spirit.

We know that in all of our religious communities there are extremists who turn to violence in the name of faith and political agendas. Our world has been deeply affected by them. We embrace a God who is life giving and whose love casts out fear. In the United States we come to an election year in 2016 when we will be electing a new President. May God give us wisdom and discernment in the search for moral leadership and the pursuit of world peace.  And patience to endure all the ads!

We go into the new year to be messengers of peace and heralds of God’s grace and inclusion.  We are pleased to be part of the South Side Church Coalition and Members of the Greater Waltham Ministerial Association.

Happy New Year!  May we be blessed and a blessing. God is good. All the time.

Patricia Budd Kepler

New Year’s Message from Pastor Pat Kepler