By Ernest Scalabrin
Last week at the Gallery Church SoWeBo, I heard a sermon by George Hopkins focused on the meaning of “covenant”. Specifically George unpacked what it means when God made a covenant with man and woman. He spoke about how because God was bound to humanity by this covenant, He could not abandon us even if he wanted to. This covenant also prompted God to spill His own blood to atone for the sins of each individual human and of humanity as a whole and as the church we are called to submit to Him as part of this eternal promise. He also brought up how this divine oath is represented by marriage.
Then about a week later I attended a beautiful, Christ centered, wedding rooted on this very idea of covenant. It reminded me of how George said that when you enter a covenant, your problems become their problems, and ultimately both parties become one in interests, purpose and nature.
The next day, Galen, our program director, gave a sermon at Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church. He continued a series on the gospel of John and spoke on Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at a local wedding in Cana.
All of this talk of covenants and weddings got my mind selfishly spinning about my own situation and contemplating my own priorities in my current relationship. But as time passed, the idea of covenant began to surpass the applications of marriage and I started to think of how we can live out this idea during this summer and in the rest of our lives.
Without being too longwinded on the subject, mostly because I’m tired, I think God is trying to show me how the idea of covenant is lived out in urban missions. Through a lot of people I have met who are fully devoted to this community, He has shown me what it means to live out a covenantal relationship with the neighborhood. They have made the community’s problems, joys and interests their problems, joys and interests. They have lived out what it means to reflect how much God cares for us for the sake of his loving covenant with us.