As a child, I always enjoyed this time of year. After ten weeks of summer fun, our focus would turn towards the start of the school year. Rarely did school start before Labor Day.
One of the most important things we did to prepare for school was to take a trip to the local Sears Roebuck store to purchase new clothes and school supplies. Somehow, it always seemed as if we had outgrown clothes worn the previous year. So, that meant picking up a couple of pair of pants, a few shirts, and a new pair of shoes.
I remember those first days of school. There was the excitement of walking into your new classroom and meeting your new teacher. I still have sensory memories of the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the first day of school. These memories include the decorations on the walls of the classroom and the laughter of children. And who can forget the smell of a new jar of paste or freshly mimeographed paper?
September also brings a sense of newness to our church life as well. In many congregations, Christian education programs are not offered during the summer. September ushers in a new Sunday School year, the start of the new Confirmation program, and the resumption of adult bible studies. September is as good a time as any to seek opportunities to grow in faith and discipleship. And I am excited to be leading the Wednesday morning Bible Study class this year!
I assure you that God’s spirit is alive in this place, even during a time of transition. I see the Holy Spirit in the midst of Trinity when:
- Young parents bring their children to Trinity to be baptized;
- Children and youth gather for intentional learning experiences as part of Sunday School and the Confirmation Program;
- Your leaders are willing to make challenging decisions during this time of transition
- Members are generous in their giving in order to support the ministry and mission of this congregation; and
- Youth and adult gather together to serve meals to others from our community.
Indeed, the Spirit is alive at Trinity! Let us embrace the God who is doing a new thing in this time and place!
Pastor Dennis Kelly