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Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Central UMC Blog

The Pastor's Corner: Covenant Sunday

Posted by Carness Vaughan on

Covenant. It’s a word that literally means, “A coming together.” It’s a bond between two parties, and in the Bible, we see covenants made between different people and between a person or people group and God. It’s not a contract; it’s done in the course of a relationship and outlines the terms of the relationship. Covenants are how we relate to God and how God relates to us.

In just three days we will celebrate Covenant Sunday here at Central. We’ll be making a commitment – a covenant to God, to ourselves, and to one another – to be dedicated to the cause of Christ and his Church in the year to come. We’ll be committing our time, our talents, and our treasure to God so that his Kingdom can come here on earth as it is in heaven. When you joined the church, you vowed to honor God by supporting the church through your, “Prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.” In other words, you said you would, as an act of discipleship and commitment: Pray for the church; attend church regularly; give financially to the church; serve the church inside and outside its walls; and witness to your faith in the community.

How’d you do in 2021? As I reflect on this past year, there have been times when I feel like I did parts of this commitment well, and other parts not so well. That has probably been your experience also. On our journey of faith there are always moments to celebrate and give thanks to God for, and then there are moments to lament and ask God’s forgiveness for. Maybe you went through a season this past year where you didn’t attend worship as regularly as you knew you should. Maybe your prayer life went through a dry spell. Maybe you gave what was left at the end of a month rather than what was right at the beginning of a month. Maybe you declined to serve because you thought others should do it or you were too busy. Maybe you failed to witness to your faith with your neighbor because you didn’t want things to be awkward. Whatever your shortcomings this past year, I hope you will feel the love, grace, and forgiveness of God as you give your heart to him on Sunday. See, it’s a day to reflect on our story from the past year, but it’s also a day to recommit your life to him for the year to come. That’s the amazing thing about grace, there’s always a new day. Lamentations 3:23-24 reminds us, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!’”

Personally, I can’t wait to bring my heart, my life, my story, and my covenant card to the altar this Sunday. I can’t wait to say to God, “I’m ready for another year of service to the Kingdom. I’m ready to be used by you to make a difference in the community around me and have an impact that will last for eternity. I can’t wait to give of my time, my talents, and my treasure, and watch as you use my gifts for the furtherance of your Kingdom. Come, Holy Spirit, Come!” I also can’t wait for you to join me. I can’t wait to see and feel and experience the power of the Holy Spirit in the Activities Center and the Sanctuary as we give our lives to him for another year here at Central. It is such a blessing and an honor to be your Senior Pastor, and I am so excited about walking with you as a part of your story!

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