Happy New Year! It means just one thing – yes indeed New Year Resolutions. My greatest New Year resolution boast is that the one I made in 1981 I still keep and haven’t broken it! Over the years as I have spoken to people of both sexes and all ages (yes I still believe in that) about their resolutions. Many have admitted to breaking them within minutes – usually involving chocolate, biscuits, tobacco or alcohol. Some have boasted of lasting an hour or two, some a day or two, slightly fewer a week or more, a select few a month or so. A favoured few will stoically claim up to a year. Just in case you might be wondering what this 40 year old resolution might be – I’ll let you into my secret (shhh don’t tell anyone promise!) in 1981 my New Years resolution was I would not make any further New Year’s resolutions. You can adopt it if you wish, no charge.
The beginning of January also contains a very special Sunday for the Methodist Church, it is known as Covenant Sunday. It’s a time when we remember the promises we made when we became members of the Methodist Church and the people we came into membership with. Most of all though we reaffirm our covenant relationship with God, through Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. The service during which we share together in the breaking of bread and taking of the Communion wine (juice of the grape, non-alcoholic) we share in a particular prayer which speaks to our heart.
I am no longer my own but yours,
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you
or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours,
So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
The other thing I remember as being important in my life at an earlier time was my investment as a scout, the promise I still remember and also the salute to remember it by “I will honour God and the Queen and obey the Scout Law”. Would and could we all be so enthusiastic about our Christian faith
John Pugh (Rev) Wymeswold Methodist