Letter from Pastor Jim
In the month of September, we continue the season
of Ordinary Time. It is also a season of change and learning. It is a time when the heat
of summer finally begins to ebb, and the days become cooler. When I was in what
is now called middle school, our family lived in
Even in the church, we see the increase in activities, yet with all of this activity, we need to remember the priorities in all of this organized chaos. We need to remember to take time for the time that counts the time we spend in the fellowship of the congregation, the time to help sustain each other in the process, the time we take to pray and be in the fellowship of the church. The Greek word for this is Kronos: it is the time that counts. It is a time to remember who we are in the midst of all the activity, and whose we are in the midst of the change and learning. It is a time to remember that with the learning there are fixed values that we need to remember as Christians. Values that are reflected our behavior in the midst of this season of change and activity. In the crush of all the activity, it is good to remember that football is only a game, and not the source of life. The events in which we participate are times when our true character as Christians should be evident in our behavior. As a community in Christ, we are called to be caring and careful in our actions and our responses. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to those around us. We are called to make a difference and reflect the example of The One who calls us into service, and to action, in the midst of the activity and the chaos that is all around us. It is in this season of change and learning that we are called to be the people of God, in the midst of the world, spreading the love of God to all those we encounter.