Well, folks, here we are in the new season of fall. There are changes for every season but fall seems to have the most changes of all with the leaves changing colors, the nip in the air, the occasional frost, and the leaves blowing as they fall from their branches resulting in bare trees by the end of the season. Daily changes are a sign that life moves on. In the face of those changes we have the promise of God’s unchanging love. As we read the Bible we find strength and comfort in the knowledge that God’s word and His promises never change. We change but God doesn’t. Circumstances around us change but that doesn’t change God. Thankfully, we can feel secure in the knowledge that God is constant, unchanging. Knowing that helps us accept and even embrace the changes that come to us.
Good news for those of you who have said you couldn’t always hear what was being said in church. Dave has looked into a sound system that will benefit both in-person worshipers and those who join us on Zoom. We are also going to purchase a camera which will allow the computer to be located in the balcony and we will be able to put the candles back on the pew cross and have them shine their light on us as we worship.
Godly Play will begin Oct 3 with Mo Thomas taking the children to Church House just prior to the reading of the lessons and they will return in time to finish the worship service in the church. Thank you, Mo, and all of the ones who help you with this important ministry.
Thank you to Drake Dennison and Clyde Stover who have assisted in the service lately by bringing forward the offering plate. And, thank you to everyone who supports the church so faithfully. One of the “rites of passage” of the fall season is our stewardship campaign which will start in November. As in the past, you will have the opportunity to make a pledge for the coming year and the pledge cards will be dedicated the last Sunday of the Church Year, Nov. 21. The next Sunday (Nov. 28), is the first Sunday of Advent when the new church year begins.
Please keep your prayer requests coming. Index cards are available for you to use on Sunday mornings to ask for prayers. They will be prayed Wednesday mornings at our Morning Prayer time. In addition to the prayer requests we pray, by name, for each person who is a part of our church family.
This Sunday we will be led by Dave with Susan Pullin serving as lector and Jane Jacobs as intercessor. Pam will lead our music and we will sing with her. It was so wonderful to hear voices raised in song last Sunday. You sounded great even with masks on!
The readings are Psalm 24 (BCP p. 781); Esther 7:1-6, 6-10, 9:20-22; James 5:13-20; and Mark 9:38-50.
I goofed last week and did not remember to include the “One Another” phrases that I had started several weeks ago in the announcements. My apologies for the oversight. Here are five more “one anothers” for you to think about this week: wait for…, be kind to…, do not lie to…, do not slander…, pray for….