This past Sunday we shared in a Covenant Renewal Service. Even though it is a service that John Wesley introduced in 1775, it was "new" to most of us. I have appreciated your responses to the service. Many are grateful. Some are taking to heart the covenant, even highlighting certain thoughts and journaling in the margins. Other covenant renewals were left on the pew, and others found their way to the garbage bin.
We are all at different places on our journey. As I gathered up the covenants that were left behind I had to stop and give thanks for those willing to stand in the gap when I wasn't at a place in my life where I could make such a statement of faith. Here is the printed Covenant Renewal if you would like to read/reread it. It wasn't until today, January 3, 2023, that I could write a blog post about it, because it wasn't until today that I was ready to sign it. I confess this in the spirit of solidarity as we pray for one another and encourage one another-- wherever we find ourselves on the journey.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
New Year. New You. New Us.
January 3, 2023