As part of his New Year’s Day sermon at the Cathedral, Bishop Andrew invited us to consider 5 resolutions for
2023, based in part on the readings (Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12 and John 16:23b-30). As we move into 2023 I want to
share his message with you. 


1) Pray: Prayer is a fundamental way that we connect with God. As we begin a new year, this is a good time to
reconnect with God or deepen your connection. If you have gotten out of the habit of regular prayer, this a
perfect time to start again. If prayer feels challenging ask a friend to pray with you and for you. If you are
searching for the words for prayer, both the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Alternative Services can be
helpful (as can the bible and particularly the Psalms). 


2) Do not be silent:
Based on Isaiah’s words, we are reminded that we cannot be silent about God, the world
needs to hear about God. We also cannot be silent in the face of injustice, we must speak out. Referring to the
words of Martin Luther King Jr, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the
silence over that by the good people.” We are called to speak out when we see wrong, even if we risk offending
some people. 


3) Scatter the stones from the road: Again based on Isaiah’s words, we are encouraged to seek to remove
obstacles that keep people out, that are intended to exclude, and that keep us from striving for and experiencing
the unity or oneness that we are called to as humanity, as all those made in God’s image. Clear the road and build
up the kingdom of God here on earth.


4) Love Your Neighbour: We know that is a long-standing command from God. To love others and to seek the best
for others. This also means that we pray for God to guide us or use us to change the world, to counter the
divisions that are human-made and strive for unity that is divinely ordained. 


5) Love Yourself: Remember that you are a beloved child of God. You are loved, no matter what! 


The Evensong and Bishop’s Andrew’s sermon January 1, can be viewed here.