On Easter Sunday, our combined congregations engaged in a renewal of our covenant with God. We modeled this event on the great gathering of the people of God at Shechem under the leadership of Joshua, as it is described in the 24th chapter of the book of Joshua. The first part of our covenant renewal process was a recitation of the many blessings we have received from God, both as individuals as churches. The second part was a statement of what we are promising to God as we proceed into the future. I have re-printed this second part below, so that we can all re-read it and consider what we are promising. I will welcome any thoughts or reflections you may have.
Our Pledge to God:
We will follow You into the future as one people, keeping Christ always at the center of our common life.
We will reach out to get to know the members of both congregations that we do not know now, we will work to blend our cultures and our ways of doing things, so that a new and dynamic ministry will emerge.
We will treat each other as beloved sisters and brothers in Christ, seeking always a common understanding and a unity of purpose.
We will not be afraid to share the Good News with others but will speak with joy and welcome to all.
We will give generously of our material resources and will share our time with the community as family and work commitments allow.
We will not horde our earthly and spiritual treasures, but will share with all, so that like the loaves and fishes of the little boy, like the jar of oil and the bin of flour of the Sidonian widow, like the manna in the wilderness, they will never be used up but will be an ever-flowing stream giving life to all.
This we solemnly promise, knowing that we are weak and prone to wander from Your way. Pour out Your mercy and forgiveness upon us, we pray, that we may endure and gain the prize and at last enter into Your Kingdom of peace and plenty.
In the name of the risen Christ, we say, Amen.