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Will Sparks 2016 2 inches

Happy New Year!

The calendar page flips, the earth tips, and the light in the northern hemisphere begins to lengthen again. I know it is just a part of the every year back and forth of things but it always lifts my heart when, in January, early dawn comes earlier. I feel a lifting, a warming, like things are created new again. It is not really a beginning so much as a turn of the wheel but it feels like a beginning.

What do you intend to do with this new year? Do you have a sense of renewal, resolve, or resolution about anything in your life? What might God have in store for you as the year begins and as the light grows?

At Highlands, we are committed to gathering in so many different ways to celebrate the life we have been given and experience together the life-changing influence of the Spirit. We are also committed to scattering in a myriad of ways to be part of that life-changing, justice making, radically loving and inclusive Spirit in the world. Everyone comes to faith and community differently, so whoever you are, and wherever you are at in your life and faith, we welcome you to be part of that gathering and scattering, coming and going, that is Highlands United.

I love a new year, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the beginning I feel is less “out there” in the world and more “in here” in the way I see the world. Like Jan Richardson says in her poem “Where the Light Begins”

Perhaps it does not begin.
Perhaps it is always.

Perhaps it takes
a lifetime
to open our eyes,
to learn to see
what has forever
shimmered in front of us

Hope to see you at Highlands.

Rev. Will Sparks
Lead Minister, Highlands United Church