Many Methodist churches hold a special service in January, called a Covenant Service. Think of this as a New Year service, where we consider New Year’s resolutions, the year that has passed and the year that is to come.
The difference between a Methodist Covenant Service and an ordinary New Year’s Resolution, though, is that it is less about US making promises, and more about God’s promises to us. We look back on the past year and pause to reflect on the many ways that God has been faithful to us – the many ways God has blessed us and been with us through the year. This also causes us to reflect on our faithfulness (or otherwise) to God. In the service itself we read Scripture passages which remind us of the many times God says “I will be your God and you will be my people; my faithfulness is unchanging”.