This Sunday Covenant will celebrate 38 years of Ministry. Our vision statement development very early on was and continues to be “To be an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.” It’s a timeless vision in an era of tremendous change. So much has changed in the last 38 years but the message of Covenant has remained the same.
Someone has noted that “the only constant today is change.” If you type “change” into the google search engine you will find a seemingly unending list of associated topics. So, with all this talk about change and all the changes people face in the daily life, where does one find an unchangeable constant to anchor their hopes and their faith.
Perhaps Hebrews 13:8, offers us a clue. It reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!” (CEB) If, as we believe, Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God’s self to humanity, then Jesus represents those things about God that are forever true and never changes. Chief among those things is God’s inclusive love.
There are hundreds of scripture text that speak to this but one of my favorites is Lamentations 3:22-23 which reads: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness!” (ESV)
When facing difficult and challenging changes in your life, make time to think about God’s love, goodness, and grace. Through them, God is still speaking hope into our lives. In I Corinthians 13, Apostle Paul says that when all is said and done “These three remain, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.” This is the 38-year message of Covenant that never changes.
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Covenant’s 38th birthday as “Bring-A -Friend” Sunday. My sermon will include a skit by “The Joyful Souls Ministry” and is titled “38 Years And the Message Never Changes” based on “I Corinthian 13:4-13.”