Its a brand new year!

The beginning of the year is always a contemplative time for me. I spend a lot of thought on the things that I’ve seen in the last 12 months as well as what I want to see in the next twelve. I know many folks use this time of year to bring changes in their life in the form of new years resolutions. But I for one have never been great at resolutions of this sort. 2 years ago I resolved to stretch every morning…that lasted  about 4 days. Last year I resolved myself to eat a piece of fruit every day…I messed that one up on day one.

I think the problem with my ability to keep these resolutions is two-fold. First, my resolutions are never really about anything very serious. Secondly, keeping the resolution rests solely on my own discipline. Keeping this in mind has allowed me to think clearly about the things we want to see for Mercy Hill in 2013. My hope is that keeping the goals we set for 2013 of high importance and trusting God for them (instead of ourselves) will enable us to see awesome things in this next year.

So what do we want to see? We’ll for one we hope that God will continue to add to our number in terms of both salvation and attendance. As our numbers on the weekend have grown so have the numbers of people we are seeing come to Christ. We also hope to see many more baptisms as people are committing their lives to the church and to Jesus as the lord of their life. We hope that 2013 will be the year of community group multiplication! We hope and pray that God will continue to raise up leaders from our midst. We would love to see the numbers of children in our church double or even triple this year. Our hope is that an eventual move to Sunday mornings will catalyze our children’s ministry. We also hope to send out members from our church to the nations in the coming year. We are diligently working on partnerships and trips so stay tuned.

God has been gracious to us in 2012 and we pray that He will be gracious to us in 2013! Continue to pray that God will do more than we can think or imagine.

– Pastor Andrew

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