Sunday, July 31 – “Covenant: Part 2”
View this recorded version of Sunday Worship from July 31, 2022.
Exodus 20: 1-17 (The Ten Commandments) and Deuteronomy 28: 1 -27 (Blessings & Warnings against Disobedience)
Reflection: Covenant – Part 2: “The Old Testament, The Old Covenants”
Excerpts from the sermon by Rev. Dr. Susan Alloway:
“Now there’s a difference between a contract and a covenant. What’s the difference? One is legal; one is moral.
In the covenants in the Old Testament, God initiates, the people have a choice–that people can choose whether or not they want to accept the covenant.
They hear all the blessings and curses, and the obligations are binding throughout generations.
… The basic deal is, I will be your God and you will be my people.
… And my question for you today is this basic covenant (I will be your God, and you will be my people) what does that look like for you?
Suppose you’re just sitting in your house somewhere, or you’re sitting in the park on the bench and God sits down next to you. Okay I’m going to make a covenant with you. What is going to be the covenant that God makes with you?
… We have to elevate our relationships with each other to the level of kinship, which requires making a sacred covenant with each other. And the covenant is to care enough to seek the truth and to be united as one people.
Last week was part one of a three-part series on covenants… we talked about a covenant with each other; this week we talked about a covenant with God; and next week, we’ll talk about a covenant with Jesus.”