With the angels and saints in heaven, all those who forever will be us in more ways than we can imagine and with all who have worshipped in this place,
we gather in praise of God.
A Prayer by James Cathcart
This year may we leap into the unknown across gaps in a single bound — willing to fall into God’s open arms. May we take leaps of faith of logic of intuition — willing to risk looking silly in showing kindness to others. May we take a running leap when we are foolish and selfish and hurtful — willing to make amends in word and deed. May we be ladies and lords a’leaping with joy with spirit with one another — willing to go the whole hog in celebrating together. May we leap at the chance to serve you by serving others noticing your work going on around us — willing to join in. May this .. year be our leaping off point. Amen.
Reading from Galatians 3 15
Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[a] meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. 19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. 21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer:-“There is no way to peace in safety. For peace must be dared”.