2023 new year priorities
Shortly after Christmas Day, most of us reflect on the past year (2022) and start trying to come up with a great New Year's Resolution. Media starts having specials on "Looking Back at 2022", whether it be sports, top news stories, or musical favorites, etc. Churches, businesses, schools, and individuals look back over last year's ups and downs, highs and lows, and try to compile statistics to compare to other years. Did we have a good year? Were we successful? Where are we heading now?
For looking ahead to 2023, let me share a small part of my worship message for January 1, 2023. Instead of trying to figure out a great New Year's Resolution (individually or as a church), let's look at setting New Year Priorities.
What are your priorities in life? What are your priorities for any given day? What's your first order of business of the day after getting out of bed in the morning? Coffee? Breakfast? News and Weather? Or pray and read scripture or a devotional book?
Here was the priority of Jesus for morning time. Mark 1:35 "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed". If Jesus needed to pray first thing in the morning, what about us?
Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God". If you always seek first in life to glorify and honor God, you won't go wrong in life.
Putting God 1st!
Scripture Readings for the
Month of January 2023
January 6, 2023 - Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60: 1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Matthew 2: 1 -12
January 8, 2023 - Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 42: 1-9
Acts 10: 34—43
January 15, 2023 - 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
January 22, 2023 - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 9: I -4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4: 12-23
January 29, 2023 - 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5: 1-12