Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

This Sunday I’ll conclude my sermon series “Living the Life God Intends”. This short series is meant to help you think about 2017 and what you want to do with it. Each week I’ve lifted up two questions: What would you like to see happen in 2017? What new perspective do you wish to gain, or what new horizons do you want to explore?

This Sunday we conclude the series by looking at John’s Gospel, chapter 1. It all starts with a question and an invitation. And I find that both interesting and instructive.

First the question. When disciples of John the Baptist come looking for Jesus, he asks them, “What are you looking for?” The question can also be translated, “What are you seeking?” or “What do you hope to find?” And we might expand that to “What do you need? What do you long for? What do you most hope for?”

It’s a great question, and one I’ve been asking the past two weeks. In reply to the question, Jesus tells the questioners, “Come and See”. As you think about the year, particularly the end of the year, what do you hope people saw in you? What do you hope you’ve seen, either literally or figuratively, personally or globally? We’ll look at those questions, action steps we can take toward our goals, and more on Sunday.

See you in church,