And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away… Behold, I make all things new. The Book of Revelation, Chapter 21
Happy New Year All Souls,
I hope the holidays were good to you, providing you with opportunities to be with loved ones and to refresh your spirit.
As we begin a new year, many of us find ourselves asking: “What does life have in store for me this year? ... What changes will life demand of me?”
The New Year is a good time to remind ourselves that one of the central teachings of our faith is that revelation is never sealed; it is on-going. This means that the Spirit is continuously revealing itself in the world around us, if only we have eyes to see and ears to hear. The Holy is always offering ways for our lives—and our world—to be made new. Behold, I make all things new.
In this spirit, I will offer a three-sermon series this month called “All Things New: Resolutions, Revelations, Revolutions,” which explores the many ways the Spirit reveals itself in our lives.
This Sunday, January 4, my sermon is called “Sing a New Song.” We will look at how the Holy emerges as a deep resolve within us. On January 11, “All Things New” explores the many ways new life emerges in the world around us. And finally, on January 25, I will offer a sermon called “Awake for the Revolution,” inspired by Dr. King’s last sermon before he died. That sermon will explore how the Spirit breaks into the world through great movements for justice.
Each service features music that will uplift and inspire you, helping us experience new life emerge among us, even as we worship together.
Also, on Sunday, January 18, we will host a joyous and inspiring celebration of Dr. King’s birthday as we welcome back to All Souls the Bokamoso South African Youth Choir. The young people of Bokamoso will be joined by our own Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir. You will not want to miss this joyful expression of Dr. King’s Beloved Community.
Friends, in this New Year, let us be alert to the opportunities the Spirit provides for our lives and our world to be made new. And let us resolve to be instruments of the Spirit, helping to usher in that new world.