Grace Notes - January 5, 2020
Happy New Year Mary Taylor Memorial Community!
So…have you made any resolutions this year? How’s that going? I hope it’s going great!
Our Biblical ancestors were more likely to make covenants than resolutions. A covenant was a pledge that they would make – especially with God. Of course, in ancient times, this included sacrifices of birds and lambs and such. On Jesus’ final night, he said to his disciples, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20)
This Sunday we will take the opportunity to make a new covenant with God – or renew our covenant with God – but minus all the bloodshed!
John Wesley – the founder of Methodism – established a “Covenant Service” for the first time in 1755 – 245 years ago! Each year thousands of United Methodist
Churches hold a “Covenant Renewal” service to encourage within each of us a fresh start with God, with our Christ, under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Instead of shedding blood to make it, we will have the opportunity to say – in so many words – as long as blood flows through me, this is my covenant with You, God. May it be your 2020 New Year’s resolution to join in these ancient, and yet, ever so relevant pledge, today!
Blessings on the journey,
Seize the day! Embrace the present! Plan for the future! At all times, remain in God's presence, seek to follow Christ, and yearn for the direction of the Holy Spirit who will guide your steps all along the way.