Good Folks, it is the first Friday of a brand new year. Happy New Year 2020! Mark your calendars now:
- Tuesday, February 25, Fat Tuesday Fish Fry and Fellowship (Aldersgate)
- Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday
- Sunday-Sunday, April 5-12, Holy Week
- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday
- Sunday, May 31, Day of Pentecost
Have we made any promises for 2020? Lose weight? Get out of debt? Go to church on a more regular basis? Begin a prayer habit? Tithe or step-up to tithing? We do make promises. Many we keep. Many we do not.
In the first Sunday in January, apart from celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, I will have a card printed for everyone to take home with the inscription of John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer. A covenant is significantly more than a promise.
*Covenant:a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.
*Promise: a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one:
A prayer to God is an acknowledgement of our dependence on God. God has a plan for our lives which is perfect for kingdom sake. Enjoy this prayer:
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
(United Methodist Hymnal #607)
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. (Wm. Carey)