Letter from the Pastor
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19
We all like a fresh start. A brand new piece of paper. A freshly paved road. A newly plowed field. Fresh starts give us such joy and hope for the future. The possiblilites are endless. On that blank piece of paper, we could write a poem, make a list, express ourselves through art, or write an encouraging note. On that road, the places we could go are endless. What will we plant in our newly plowed field? We enjoy fresh starts because it ignores the past – it is new – and opens up so many possiblities for the future.
Each new year presents us with a fresh start, a way forward. We look back on what God has done but we look forward to the new thing that God is doing this year. We can dwell on the past or we can continue forward into the future that God has planned for New Hope in 2023. I believe that 2023 is going to be a year that God will move in our church to see many more people in Goldsboro and beyond believe in Jesus, belong to a church body and become more like Jesus in word and deed. We must seek God’s face, on our knees, for the power to do the work that He has called us to do in 2023. God is doing a new thing in this new year, the question is ” do we percieve it?”