I must be getting old, I don't want to see the New Year in with a party, I don't want to dance and drink the night away, though I do like dancing and enjoy a drink, I am looking forward to a quiet evening at home with Tim. We plan to get in a take-away and watch a film or two and mark the point of midnight with prayer... (and a kiss I'm sure!!!)
I am looking forward to tomorrow morning though, with a number of our local preachers away we are holding sectional services and I have decided to celebrate communion as a part of the one I am leading. For various reasons our Covenant Services begin next week and I suppose I could have taken less time and given myself a bit more of a break, but this feels important.Breaking bread reminds us of whose we are, and equips and sends us to be the people we are called to be.We place so many hopes and expectations into the turning of a new year, many folk make resolutions, or lists of things hoped and dreamed for, what better way to ground and centre all of these things than by returning to the centre point of our faith, a reminder of the love of God poured out on the cross, and the power of God through the resurrection and the promise of God as we look towards the day when ALL things will be made new....
The service will include this prayer (I have written the liturgy):
God of heaven and earth, we come to your table.
Place your good gifts of bread and wine into our hands.
Do not let us leave this place, unmoved, unchanged or unchallenged.
Help us to find here your healing, your strength, your life, your power, your purpose made real within us.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Whatever you are doing to celebrate I do pray that you will encounter the love and power of God, and that you will know whose you are, and find your purpose in him.
May your 2012 be filled with blessings.