Well its arrived! That time of year when the season starts to change. Parents and their children are gearing up for the return to school, the evenings are noticeably cooler, the evenings are drawing in, the plums have arrived and wasps too, dew is noticeable in the mornings and leaves are beginning to fall!
Seasons are a vital part of Gods creation and get a mention in Psalm 104:19… ‘He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down’ and Acts 14:17… ‘He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy’.
The Bible talks about other sorts of seasons such as in Ecclesiastes 3:1..’There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…’ If you check this verse out you will find a long list of seasonal activities or virtues or activities that the followers of God should be aware off.
Church so often seems to burst back into Kingdom business, into a new season if you like, as the new academic year kicks off every September! I guess with the August holidays folk take time to rest and replenish which is a good thing!! That said September is here now and the new season call comes to the Church to re-engage with its ministries, programs, outreach, hospitality and so much more.
We call such things ‘Service to the Lord’, it’s our calling not a duty, it’s our response to the gift of salvation freely given to each one of us by Jesus, its our offering to Jesus to help Him build His Church. It’s the least we can do and of course only, if we are able.
So let me ask you as the new season is upon us, are you able to respond to the call and if so how will that look, where will that be, who will it
benefit and when can your respond!!
So then all that is left to say is………….SEASONS Greetings and Blessings!!!!!!!
Your friend and pastor ………Jerry
Rev. Neal Stanton
Look out for Neal’s letter in October