14 Feb 2021

 In Vicar Writes

Dear church family

In all the national and ethnic groups celebrating their respective “new years” around the world, there is one common thread that runs across all the different cultures and traditions. This is the sense of having something new. For example, wearing new clothing, giving new money notes, cleaning the house to look new, a new haircut, welcoming a new addition to the family, etc.

In the spiritual realm, there is great joy in experiencing something new. The apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian Christians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17). At our Confession time during worship service, we pray to Abba Father to “forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life; to the glory of your name”.

I came across this song many years ago that speaks of God’s love and mercy being wonderfully new.

New! every morning it’s new! The love of God to me is wonderfully new!
New! every morning it’s new! The mercy of the Lord is wonderfully new!
Great is His faithfulness, Constant is His love,
Great is His saving power, Coming from above!
New! every morning it’s new! The mercy of the Lord is wonderfully new!

Whatever struggles and difficulties that you may be going through in your life right now, may you find peace, rest and strength in the Lord, remembering and singing deep in your heart that the unfailing love, bountiful mercy and saving power of God is wonderfully new every morning. Yes, every morning.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”    Lamentations 3:22-24

Blessings
John

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