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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Covenant vows, covenant blessings

Dear Congregation,

It was a great joy to Lois and me to worship with you last Sunday morning and evening.  At the evening service I took opportunity to thank the congregation, and I extend that thanks to you now, for sharing in the joy of our daughter's marriage, and for helping in so many practical ways to make the wedding and reception a success through your physical labor, emotional support, and gracious hospitality.

July 16th was one of the best days of my life.  To see our daughter Kathryn make vows in the covenant of marriage to a Christian man who had faithfully pursued her, to a man who loved her, was a privilege, a gift from God.

Every Sunday, every Lord's Day, has the potential to be one of the best days of our lives.   It is a day of covenant renewal, when we renew the solemn vows that we should make to the loving God who has pursued us in His grace, faithfully coming after us even when we are tempted to walk away.  Every Sunday we renew our vows publicly, to walk in His ways, to pledge fidelity to Him to our life's end.  We say with God's people of old, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him" (Joshua 24:24).

It is a privilege to renew our covenant vow as we worship the living Lord together as His people.  We celebrate the resurrection, as every Sunday is a resurrection celebration.  We hear His Word as yesterday we heard from Mark 10:41-45, a central text of salvation . . . For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.   We respond to Him with prayer and singing and the giving of tithes and offerings as part of our act of spiritual worship.  We have fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, encouraging, teaching one another to obey everything Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:20), loving one another and lifting up one another as we visit before and after the services.

I saw some of that "best" yesterday at our worship services. Lois shared at the evening service during our prayer time, a Bible passage from  Mark 10

 Mar 10:29  So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,
Mar 10:30  who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
She shared how you are brothers and sisters and mothers and children to the Suffern family, and we are so blessed.  I am humbly confident that you also will know that "family of God" experience at RRPC if you commit yourself to being among us and sharing in the life of worship and service that God is growing here.

Let us recommit ourselves to attend to faithful covenant renewal at Lord's Day worship, and active involvement through these summer months, in preparing for the 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 13th at 4 p.m.  

Also, this is a community of covenant faithfulness that reaches out to those not yet worshipping the true and living God.  Please let Eric and Lynn know if you can help with the soccer camp in any way...... we need to connect with the unchurched, never churched, lapsed from church.  May I suggest that you contact them and offer your help in some area of publicity, refreshments, helping with the children, coaching.  They need our help leading up to the camp on August 22-24.
Sincerely, Pastor Ned

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