Monday, January 1, 2018

Auld Lang Syne | All Glory Be to Christ in Worcester in 2018


Emmaus City Church New Year 2016 Worcester MA Soma Acts 29 3DM Christian Reformed Church Transcultural Kingdom Multi-Ethnic Network of Missional Communities

Will We Remember Our Oldest Acquaintance as a Friend in 2018?


Happy New Year to the great city of Worcester and all our neighbors, families, and friends! I hope you enjoyed the singing, the toasts, and the kisses that flowed throughout the evening.

Perhaps many of you sang a certain song, too? I love the melody of "Auld Lang Syne." Whenever I hear it, I immediately think of the closing scene in the classic "It's a Wonderful Life." 

Feel like reminiscing? Watch the scene again even if you just saw it. Makes me tear up as a father and a friend today. Such a privilege to be loved by so many and to know your life has value in the place and time you live.

"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scottish poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788 A.D. The title means, "old long since" or "days gone by." The call of the song is to remember the friendships we have been given, some of the greatest gifts we could ever receive in this life of trial and accomplishment, sorrow and joy, brokenness and healing. We can't forget them. Every year we should remember and honor the gifts from God that people are in our lives. After all, that's the rhetorical question of the song.

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

By Robert Burns
1788 A.D.

Should old acquaintance be forgot
and never thought upon,
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone?

Is thy sweet heart now grown so cold,
that loving breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On auld lang syne?

On auld lang syne my Jo,
On auld lang syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On auld lang syne?

Friendships are worth reflecting on as we close one year and begin another. I have new acquaintances and old friends that have been precious to me in 2017. They have been honest with my faults, encouraging with my strengths, and faithful through thick and thin.

And most of all, I need to be reminded again and again of the "friend who is closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24) and the love of the greatest Friend "who laid down His life for His friends" (John 15:13). He is the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9) and the only One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Jesus' faithfulness to me, my family and friends, Emmaus City, and my city of Worcester continues to astound me. I don't deserve such a Savior, Redeemer, Healer, God, King, and Friend. 

I'm thankful for His grace in my desperate need. I'm thankful for His call even when I don't know where He is leading me next. I pray my faithfulness becomes more like His in 2018 so that He may receive more glory from my life and others may receive more of His love through me.

That's why I cheer what Dustin Kensrue and Kings Kaleidescope have done with "Auld Lang Syne" on the 2012 A.D. album, "Joy Has Dawned." In remembering the greatest story that has been "old long since" from "days gone by," they invite us not to forget the gift of the life of the Friend who keeps on giving generously to us from His resurrection life even though we have done nothing to earn it.

One of my favorite lyrics from the song is " ... Let living water satisfy the thirsty without price! We’ll take a cup of kindness yet all glory be to Christ! ... "

This past year I received His kindness again and again even when I tried to satiate my thirst elsewhere. This coming year I pray I grow in His kindness and extend it more to others without price.

All Glory Be to Christ Lyrics and Video by Kings Kaleidescope

2012 A.D.

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive,
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive.

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain,
Tell me what is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn,
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done,
His Kingdom come,
On earth as is above!
Who is Himself our daily bread,
Praise Him the Lord of love!

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price!
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true,
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new.

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light;
And we shall ere His people be
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign will ever sing,
All glory be to Christ!

If you would to read more of how Kings Kaleidescope has helped me learn and grow in other ways in years past, check out these posts on Felix Culpa and Grace Alone, Defender and Fix My Eyes, and Seek Your Kingdom, Redemption in Motion, and I Know.

And again, Happy New Year! And may all glory be to Christ our King in Worcester and with Emmaus City in 2018.

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike “Sully” Sullivan


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