Pastor’s Note

January 2022

One of the things I do when I write my newsletter article is look back at what I had said a year ago. In January of 2021 I wrote about how, in turning the corner to 2021 I was hopeful that 2021 was going to be a better year than 2020, and that I was looking forward to being back together again.

We are back together again, but not in the way that we had imagined. We’ve had worship online for most of 2020 and all of 2021, and worship in-person in the worship space since February 14, 2021 (we were able to worship in the worship space, in part, because we got UV filters installed in the church). And even though 2021 didn’t look exactly as we had hoped, we still have each other, and we still have our God.

About half the pre-pandemic crowd has returned to worship and the other half is worshipping online. We are grateful for both communities and pray that all are experiencing the love of God through their time in worship.

In this coming year we promise to be there for one another and for our God as we move forward with hope.

I offer for your consideration John Wesley’s (the founder of the Methodist Movement) Covenant Prayer, a prayer that is helpful as we reset our sights on following God in the coming year.

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.

As we move forward into the year 2022, may we remember that God is with us, supporting us in our challenges, encouraging us when we are hesitant, unconditionally loving us always. May you find renewed strength and hope in the coming year as you pray, “And now, O wonderful and holy God…you are mine, and I am yours…Amen.”

~Pastor Holly