Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” So proclaims the Lord God as recorded in Isaiah. A new thing. January and the New Year often brings about thoughts of new things—new resolutions, new projects at work, new sports seasons, new semesters.
January is an opportunity for fresh starts, for wiping the slate clean and setting up new commitments and patterns. We do not have to be defined or confined by the way things were last year; instead, we can choose to do things differently.
In that opening verse from Isaiah, is the declaration that even God will not be defined by past actions! At least, not completely defined. The promises that God has made are never going to change, never going to be revoked. But in this verse, God declares that God will use every avenue to reach the people, even if it is something that has never been done before. God will do a new thing in order to bring about new and abundant life.
As a community, St. Paul’s has also been trying new things. In a year of celebrating history and our 250th anniversary, we also found ways to make things new: new hymns, new Advent services, a re-newed sanctuary!
The newness will continue in 2016: council will be working with the congregation on a new mission statement; we will think of new ways and places to be church, maybe pub theology meetings or coffee shop book clubs; we will welcome new members; we will celebrate new
What new thing do you think God may be calling us to do as a congregation? What new things is God doing in your own life? Through all of the newness, however, one thing is unchanging: the love of God through Christ Jesus who calls us to newness and change, but who also calls us to steady faithfulness in a rapidly changing world.
May that love keep our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus in this New Year, and in all that is to come.