Just as each new day offers opportunities to begin again the earthly journey of life, each new calendar year does the same and more. The Year of Our Lord 2020 in life within and beyond Grace-St. Luke’s is rich, because so is each of us who makes up the body of Christ in this corner of the kingdom of God. Within and around us are blessings known and unknown, and the holy gifts of time, talent, and treasure to be offered to the glory of God, our New Day.
Reflecting on the years that are past, I am inspired and humbled by God’s love, steadfastness, grace, and abundance that brings us to a new year with our New Day. This turn invites all Christians to focus even more on the mission of the Church to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. As well, this turn invites GSL to do all things necessary to support our parish vision is to be a thriving community of hope, belonging, and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world.
Our life in Christ and the season of Epiphany especially call us to be individual beacons of light to the world in thought, word, and deed, ever mindful of the way of love. And as we continue to receive so much from our New Day, faith calls us to pray as if it all depends on God and to live as if it all depends on us. Our 2020 actions are bound to transform both us and the world.
In 1978, John David of Wales wrote the words to “You Are the New Day” when life challenges were higher than normal, the world was in a state of unrest and far from peace, and he was placing hope within himself. Ultimately, he surrendered his hope into the Divine as the source of new beginnings and the New Day. It is my prayer that we will approach 2020 with God, our New Day, at the center of our being and doing, reflecting and listening often to the words of a fellow pilgrim on the journey of life. The King’s Singers have taken these words to new levels!
“You Are the New Day”
I will love you more than me and more than yesterday if you can but prove to me you are the new day. | Send the sun in time for dawn, let the birds all hail the morning. Love of life will urge me say, you are the new day. | When I lay me down at night, knowing we must pay, thoughts occur that this night might stay yesterday. |Thoughts that we as humans small could slow worlds and end it all lie around me where they fall, before the new day. | One more day when time is running out for ev’ryone, like a breath I knew would come, I reach for a new day. | Hope is my philosophy, just needs days in which to be, love of life means hope for me, born on a new day. – John David
Godspeed and blessings as we try,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector