One of the firmest foundations of our Christian faith is that we worship a God, who in Christ is continually “doing a new thing.” We think of Paul’s central teachings on this act of God’s continual regeneration. He sets it forth to the Corinthians: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Day by day and year by year, in seed-like fashion, this new realm Jesus talked about is coming into existence before our very eyes. Paul writes to the church at Rome that the whole creation longs for this new thing like a woman longing for the birth of her child. We are being made new as individual believers and as communities of faith. We are dying to the old and being born to the new. As this newness breaks forth, we at Lincoln Temple, are invited by God to be co-creators and midwives with God and to recognize and name these new things. By doing so, we receive and claim a new identity.
Rev. Tendai is the senior interim minister