by John Matkin on January 08, 2021
January 15, 2021
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
Dear Dickinson Family and Friends,
Recently, it’s been our custom at the beginning of each new year to follow the apostle Paul’s advice to “renew our minds” at the beginning of the year. Paul’s exhortation is set in contrast to conforming to the ways of the world. He connects our thinking and our doing to the will of God, and he describes renewal as a dynamic, growing process, not simply resetting to where one was before.
We’ll take a closer look at four different areas of our Christian life where renewal occurs:
January 10 Time to Renew Our Baptism
January 17 Time to Renew Our Rule of Life
January 24 Time to Renew Our Standard for Giving
January 31 Time to Renew Our Covenant
This Sunday we will join Christians around the world commemorating Christ’s own baptism in the River Jordan during Baptism of the Lord Sunday. It is one the traditional times within the Christian calendar for congregations to renew baptismal vows. We’ll renew our vows, then come forward to touch the waters of our baptism, remember that we are baptized, and rejoice!
So, join us for a Time to Renew this month, in-person or on-line. If you’re worshiping on-line, go ahead and have a bowl of water available as an “outward and visible sign” of God’s inward and spiritual presence. Let the renewal begin!