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A Letter from the Pastor to Presbytery

A New Year’s Revolution
January 6, 2010

Dear friends, grace to you, and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I count it a holy privilege to begin a new decade in your company. Even while the world cowers in the grip of fear, fueled afresh by recent terrorist near-disasters as well as by ongoing economic distress, we who trust in God dare to declare a hope that cannot be shaken – the hope that, in Christ, God is at work making a new heaven and a new earth. It’s nothing short of a revolution – all things new! We who make New Year’s resolutions know painfully well how easily they disintegrate. But God’s new world is a sure thing, we can bank on it.

How do our lives reflect that confidence? How does the life and work of Pittsburgh Presbytery reflect the unswerving certainty that God, in Christ, is making all things new? It makes for a joyous witness, rather than a desperate one. It relieves us of the burden to make the world a better place – God already is doing that, and invites us along to share the joy of seeing that made real in places where injustice, suffering, and death still exercise their failing dominion.

At the dawn of a new decade, can we dare hope that God’s new world is closer to us than ever? Because of the work of Jesus Christ, it is indeed so! Ours is not to save the world, but to announce its Savior, and join him in the great and joyous mission of seeing his salvation announced and embraced everywhere, until “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

For the sake of the Gospel,
Sheldon Sorge
The Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, Pastor to Presbytery

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