“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
All around us are signs of summer ending and fall on its way: back-to-school sales and football schedules, a slower commute, a longing for sweater weather. And here at St. Peter’s, as in many churches, we kick-off fall with our return to the regular rhythm of formation classes, choir rehearsals, and Holy Chow. It’s a time of beginning again, making commitments, and adjusting our sails.
This time of year reminds me of New Year’s Day, when we traditionally make resolutions for changing ourselves in the days ahead. In fact, I look at five times a year as days of resolution and commitment. Besides New Year’s Day, there’s my birthday when I consider the year stretched out ahead and set plans for being a better me. There’s Advent, the beginning of the church year, and Easter Day, the ultimate new beginning. And finally, fall – back to school, back to church – a time to set new goals, try new schedules, commit to new ways of being family, community and disciples.
I’ve recently returned to St. Peter’s after many years in other churches. As fall approaches I look forward to engaging more deeply with this community: giving thanks that I can live into my ministry here and praying about ways I can offer comfort, challenge, hope and assurance of God’s grace and love. What about you? How does Fall Kick Off speak to you about ministry and discipleship and entering a new season of living your faith? Browse the Sunday leaflet. Study the Life at St. Peter’s schedule. Re-engage in something you used to do. Try something new. There is a need and a ministry with your name on it and others waiting for you to join them. The next season of your faith starts now.
The Reverend Sally Johnston