A New Thing

Introductory Video - A Reason fot the Season
 
Call to Worship Video - Our Hope for the New Year

Responsive Reading from Jeremiah 3:22-25

Leader:  This is the day that the Lord has made.
All:  We will be glad and rejoice in it.
  
Leader:  This is the year that the Lord has begun.
All:  We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Leader:  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning.
All:  Great is your faithfulness.

Leader:  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to those who seek him.
All:  Great is your faithfulness, O Lord.

Opening Prayer

Thank You Father that your thoughts of us are thoughts of peace and not of evil.  You give us hope in Jesus’ name.  Thank You Father for a second chance.  We pray that your will and not our will be done from now and always, in Jesus’ name.  

Dear Lord, create in us  new hearts and put your spirit in us.  Remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh, in Jesus’ name. 
By Your grace, old things have passed away and the new has come because we are new creatures in Christ Jesus.  

Father, we thank You for the new things You will do in our lives that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Scripture Reading - Isaiah 40:21-31 (Easy to Read Version)

21 Surely you know the truth, don't you?  Surely you have heard.  Surely someone told you long ago.  Surely you understand who made the earth.
22 It is the Lord who sits above the circle of the earth.   And compared to him, people are like grasshoppers.  He rolled open the skies like a piece of cloth.  He stretched out the skies like a tent to sit under.

23 He takes away the power of rulers.  He makes the world's leaders completely worthless.
24 They are like plants that are planted in the ground.  But before they can send their roots into the ground, God blows on the "plants"; they become dead and dry, and the wind blows them away like straw.

25 The Holy One says, "Can you compare me to anyone?  No one is equal to me."  
26 Look up to the skies.  Who created all those stars?  Who created all those "armies" in the sky?  Who knows every star by name?  He is very strong and powerful, so not one of these stars is lost.

27 People of Jacob, this is true.  Israel, you should believe it.   So why do you say, "The Lord cannot see the way I live; he will not find me and punish me"?
28 Surely you know the truth.  Surely you have heard.  The Lord is the God who lives forever!  He created all the faraway places on earth.  He does not get tired and weary.  You cannot learn all he knows.

29 The Lord helps tired people be strong.  He gives power to those without it.
30 Young men get tired and need to rest.  Even young boys stumble and fall.

31 But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again—like eagles that grow new feathers.  They will run and not get weak.  They will walk and not get tired.

Message Introduction - God's Doing a New Thing Video

John 16:33 (Easy to Read Version)

"I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me.  In this world you will have troubles.  But be brave!  I have defeated the world!"
 

Isaiah 43:18-19 (Easy to Read Version)

So don't remember what happened in the beginning.   Don't think about what happened a long time ago, because I am doing something new!  Now you will grow like a new plant.  Surely you know this is true.  I will even make a road in the desert, and rivers will flow through that dry land.
 

1 Peter 2:2-4, 5, 6-10 (Easy to Read Version)

Like newborn babies hungry for milk, you should want the pure teaching that feeds your spirit.  With it you can grow up and be saved.  You have already tasted the goodness of the Lord.  The Lord Jesus is the living stone.
You also are like living stones, and God is using you to build a spiritual house.  You are to serve God in this house as holy priests, offering him spiritual sacrifices that he will accept because of Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures say, "Look, I have chosen a cornerstone of great value, and I put that stone in Zion.  Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed."  That stone has great value for you who believe. 
But for those who don't believe he is "the stone that the builders refused to accept, which became the most important stone."  For them he is also "a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes people fall."  People stumble because they don't obey what God says.  This is what God planned to happen to those people.
But you are his chosen people, the King's priests.  You are a holy nation, people who belong to God.  He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done.  He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.
In the past you were not a special people, but now you are God's people.  Once you had not received mercy, but now God has given you his mercy.

Isaiah 40:30-31 (King James Version)

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The Message - A New Thing