A “Covenant” in the Bible is a unique and powerful thing. In today’s world, a covenant may be applied to a homeowners association or other legal agreements. But in the Bible, a Covenant is an agreement raised to the highest, most solemn and spiritual kind.
At a wedding in the church, the couple enters into a “Marriage Covenant.” This is one of the most enduring and powerful promises we can make. And it’s only possible because it’s grounded on the love of Christ.
This is a direct reflection of the Covenants we find all through the Bible.
Over four and a half years ago, we entered into such a covenant with the good people of Grace River UMC.
In that covenant we described a vision of working together in order to “develop shared programming and facility usage under the Lordship of Jesus the Christ.”
It hasn’t been easy. Different churches have different traditions. Different cultures see the same event and activity in very different ways.
Yet the hope and dream to find common ministries, programs and changed lives in the people who follow Jesus has kept us together.
Soon, in our Feb. 10 worship services, both congregations will
receive the results of a special “Covenant Resolution Team” that the Parish Council formed a few months ago. They are bringing recommendations to each Church Council and to the Parish Council that addresses the issues of living together in such a covenant.
We hope you will all be in worship that day as we take the next steps in our relationship together.
It’s appropriate that this reflection and engagement with Grace River UMC comes during the time of Lent. Historically, the church has taken the 5 weeks before Easter week to pray, study and deepen our faith.
We begin our time with a “Shrove Tuesday” Pancake Dinner (3/5) and Ash Wednesday. service (3/6).
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, there will be a five week Adult study on the Parables. The evening will start with a dinner and there will also be classes for children and youth. It’s a great night for all ages.
And in Easter Week, our Choir is preparing some wonderful music to go along with the “core story” of Palm Sunday – Maundy Thurs. (Betrayal/Crucifixion) – Easter Sunday Celebration.
Easter is God’s action of love providing us with a “New Covenant.”
It proves God’s love for us and gives us a chance to be transformed and to in turn, change the world. Plan now to be part of it all!. You, and all those around you will grow in your faith.
You will learn of God’s hopes and dreams for you. You will cope with life better. And all your relationships will be more loving and wise.
How goes it with your soul? (…And what scripture has stayed with you lately?)
What would others say they learned about Christ from you this week?
Grace and Peace, Pastor Terry