Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is - what is good and pleasing and mature. Romans 12:2
At the beginning of a new year, when so many people obsess with resolutions, the Christian faith focuses on renewal. The apostle Paul’s exhortation to renew our minds is set in contrast to the ways of the world in Romans. It connects our thinking and our doing to the will of God, and it portrays renewal as a dynamic, growing process, not simply resetting to where one was before.
Throughout centuries of worship together, meaningful renewal rituals have been developed to aid the process of renewal. Often, John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal service occurred on New Year’s Eve as the very beginning of the renewal process; we have moved it to the end of January as the culmination of a period of renewal. Traditionally, Baptism vows are renewed on Baptism of the Lord Sunday, the second Sunday in January.
Join us for a Time to Renew this month, in-person or on-line. Our worship series will be bookended by participation in these two renewal rituals. In between, we will also renew our thoughts and actions related to others and to material possessions. Let the renewal begin!