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"Centenary United Methodist Church"
3 W Washington St
Bath, NY
Pastor - Leanne Zeck
Phone - 607-776-3434
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Janurary 2021

Pastor’s Page

We say goodbye to 2020—perhaps with a little more relief and joy than we usually say good bye to a year. We stand at the door of 2021—perhaps with a little more hesitation than we have greeted a new year since 2020 turned our world upside down.

John Wesley adapted a prayer of covenant from the Puritans and invited those who would be called Methodists to pray this prayer at the beginning of each New Year. The prayer, while not mentioning our baptism, reminds us that as baptized followers of Christ, we no longer claim ownership over ourselves, our talents, our lives but instead are claimed by Christ, marked by Christ, belong to Christ. As we pray the covenant prayer, we also remember that no matter our circumstances—we belong to Christ, we bring Christ to those around us, and Christ works through us in each circumstance.
So I invite you to pray the prayer of covenant regularly through the month of January.  As we resume our journey through the life and teachings of Jesus, let us center ourselves on Christ, on defining ourselves by Christ’s love for us.
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”

As we begin 2021 with the hope of the vaccine, I pray we are looking for ways to be more connected to Jesus and more connected to each other. May we take what we learned in 2020 to reach out to neighbors and connect deeper with them to build a beloved community. We are all starved for some interaction and hope. May we as a church become a people where others find that hope.

Happy New Year!

Pastor Leanne


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