September 2021

Once more I greet you in the magnificent name of our Lord and Savior. As
the summer draws down and the fall approaches, may you feel God’s blessings through all the seasons of your life.

This month, I am pondering the Restart of Things. Some things we can control, others we cannot.
The seasons always bring some part of the cycle to a close and refresh other things. I look forward
to the men’s group starting up again. Watch for details. Also, it is with great anticipation that we
look the restart of our choirs, both vocal and bells. They will meet on Wednesdays, as before. As before, we will move the Bible Study to 6:15, in order to accommodate those who wish to practice in the bell choir. If you can lend your musical talent to the bells or the vocal choir, I encourage you to pray about it. Perhaps this is a good year for you to be a part of that. Perhaps, also, it is a good year for you to get involved with the Bible Study that precedes the choirs. I have been anticipating this study for some time and am eager for us to get together again. There has been some interest in a day time Bible Study besides the Wednesday night study. By now, you should know that I love to study the Bible, and I would love to lead others if there is a good time during the day. Please contact the office if you are interested in a day time Bible Study. But, what book will we study? I’m glad you asked!

I have always loved the notion that the Apostle John wrote so much about love. In my personal studies, I recently read 1 John again, and was struck by how much he insisted on love being a marker for Christianity. As I started looking at it for a Bible study, I came across some other interesting notions. 1 John is a study of contrasts, all of which must be considered in love. Christ versus the antichrist, light versus darkness, truth versus falsehood, righteousness versus sin, love of the Father versus love of the world, and the Spirit of God versus the spirit of the antichrist. How very timely for our day! It is a striking contrast between truth and error, that must always be done in the spirit of LOVE. We set aside our selfish desires and pursue God’s desire. I hope that excites you. I hope that you will join us for the introduction to 1 John, on Wednesday the 15th, at 6:15, in the Spiritual Java classroom.

There is so much tension in this world today. We have forgotten how to laugh and much of our love has grown cold. We are so much caught up in the conflicts polarizing the culture. We need to return to our first love, to languish in its grace, to see the world through love, as God does. Let’s pray that this will be a season of continued blessings, for the men’s group, the choirs and the Bible Study (Studies?)— and for who knows what other blessings are coming our way.

In His Service- Pastor Brian