FBC Macon

Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.

We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

A Blessing for the New Year

Special thanks to my friend, Rev. Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman for passing along this blessing for the New Year…

This is a time of endings and of beginnings.

This is a time of reflection and resolution, of choice and of change.

This is a time to let go –

To let go of all that has bound our hearts and held us back.

Give this to God. Let go.

This is a time to hold on –

To take hold of the blessings of the past, of our dreams and best intentions.

We offer this to the future.

In the silence now, let us examine our lives. What can we let go of and leave in God’s hands? And what will we hold close and cherish and carry with us into the new year?

(A time of silence.)

Let go of your sins. Do not waste time when the year is done in guilt or self-reproach, but, trusting in the grace and mercy of God, turn from those habits of mind and vain comforts which only harm you. 

I will let go.

Let go of your worry. Do not dwell on that which you cannot change. Tomorrow has trouble enough of its own. Rejoice in the gifts of each day and every moment.

I will let go.

Let go of cynicism and despair. Do not grow hardened or unfeeling to the pain of the world. Do not lose hope. Open your eyes and open your hearts to the needs of others. Do justice. Seek peace. Befriend the stranger. Believe that God is making it to be on earth as it is in heaven.

I will let go.

Hold on to the goodness within you, to that which is of God within you, to your innocence, to your sacred worth.

I will hold on.

Hold on to all that brings you joy, to the love in your lives, to deep and edifying friendships, to fond memories, to experiences of beauty, to feelings of wonder.

I will hold on.

Hold on to the calling of God, to the claim of God on your lives, to the intention of God that your potential and your promise would serve higher purposes.

I will hold on. 

In this time of endings and beginnings, of reflection and resolution, of choice and change,

May God give me the grace to let go and the strength to hold on.

Adapted from a litany by Anthony Livolsi


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WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

CONTACT US

511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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