“Do all the good you can.

By all the means you can.

In all the ways you can.

In all the places you can.

At all the times you can.

To all the people you can.

As long as ever you can.” 

John Wesley

Thought for the Week 
What a privilege we Christians have when confessing our sins in the firm faith that Jesus has already atoned for them. Our blemished lives are restored in full and we return to the world ready to start a new life.  

“...only the high priest can enter the Holy of Holies, and on only one day a year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when all sins of Israel are wiped clean. On this day, the high priest comes into the presence of God to atone for the whole nation. If he is worthy of God's blessing, Israel's sins are forgiven. If he is not, a rope tied to his waist ensures that when God strikes him dead, he can be dragged out of the Holy of Holies without anyone else defiling the sanctuary.” 

  Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

You broke the bonds

And you loosed the chains

Carried the cross of my shame

Oh my shame, you know I believe it.

But I still haven't found What I'm looking for.

But I still haven't found What I'm looking for.

U2 – I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Album: The Joshua Tree Released: 1987

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”  ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  ― Leo Tolstoy

“If we want the world to change, the healing of culture and greater balance in nature, it has to start inside the human soul.”  ― Michael Meade

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles…what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” Matthew 15

Of course the New Year gives us a chance to plan and hope for what it may bring. But we all know that nothing mystical happens at the stroke of midnight. Nothing removes the challenges we may need to face, the world we witness in its brokenness as well as its beauty, with all its separateness and disunity as well as its love and togetherness. 
Might there be another way of looking at the old year? Instead of just throwing it away, perhaps we should try sorting the items from the past that can be recycled into a separate bin so that we help make a better future.

Bishop Stephen’s New Year Message 2017

“I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell. And while the place that I’ve arrived at in my life may not precisely be everyone’s idea of heavenly, I could swear sometimes — I hear angels sing.” 

Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking(1956 – 2016)

“I've achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them.”

George Michael(1963 – 2016)