“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17)
These are words that Jesus spoke almost two thousand years ago. While the concept of storing our beverages in animal skins is extremely outdated and probably repugnant to most of us, the principle that our Savior was teaching has never been more relevant. As we rise out of the depths of one of the greatest pandemics our nation has every faced, we are blessed with the opportunity to start over as a church and as followers of our risen Lord.
From its inception, New Song Community Church has been a loving church. It has been our goal to make all who enter our presence on any given Sunday feel as though they have come home. We have made our love intentional; both to the core family and the first-time attender. We have prayed countless prayers asking our God to make all who enter feel welcomed and loved and we have been successful at this. This is the rich old wine that we must treasure and protect, but God has extended to us the opportunity to carry the new wine of His love to the Columbia Heights neighborhood and beyond. This will take an intentional redoubling of efforts to carry both His love and our love to the world beyond our doors. We must constantly remember that quit often their first, and sometimes their only, glimpse of hope will be Christ’s love carried by us. Let us joyfully explore the “opened doors” that God has given us in this as we carry the “new wineskin” of His love to those who so desperately need Him.