“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” (Rev. 21:5)
I think of the Holy Spirit and wilderness times. The Holy Spirit sent Jesus to the wilderness at the beginning of his earthly ministry. It was the birthplace of a new ministry to the world! As you will see below, God has blessed us and I am looking forward to the birth of new ministry!
I want to thank you all for your prayers and discernment over the summer concerning our survey. We were very blessed by the way you responded. We have spent the summer listening in prayer for guidance and sharing inspirations from your responses. As a result of this, there will be some new beginnings.
First, our new sound system should be up and running come September! It’s a simple system to learn and will greatly improve sound quality. What a great time to contact Kevin Whitfield and share your gifts in this important new ministry!
Second, you will notice a change in our 9:15 Communion Services. We want our kids to experience worship, Communion, and missional service as part of our Sunday School this year. So we will be shortening the 9:15 service on the first Sunday each month to 45 minutes and Sunday School will not meet on those Sundays. Our children and youth will be with us for the entire worship service.
We have redesigned that service for our children, youth and families to make it something that will be more meaningful for them (upbeat music, more interactive structure, visuals to help connect with your younger members). The 11:00 a.m. services on Communion Sundays will stay the same as they are now.
After the 9:15 service on Communion Sundays or “Share the Love” Sundays, the Congregation will be invited to participate in a mission project in Fellowship Hall (at 10:00 a.m.). The time of mission will be followed by our Fellowship Time (coffee & goodies). Worship and Missional Service is important for our discipleship and Sunday School learning.
Those who attend our later service are invited to join the mission project at 10:00 and the Fellowship Time before the 11:00 a.m. service.
I think of the quote above taken from Revelation’s vision of the New Jerusalem at the end of John’s letter. It is a vision of hope, of life, and of resurrection! Our God is a God who makes all things new. It is that hope that holds us in our journey. Praise God! Our God is making all things new! Come and experience the new beginnings!
See you at worship!