Welcome Back… It’s going to be a great year!

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GLocal 83by Sherie Heine, Assistant to the Bishop  8/17/2015

“…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

I find it hard to believe we are once again at that time of year when school staff are busily preparing their classrooms for “their kids” to join them on a year-long adventure in learning. The words, “Where did the summer go?”, can be heard from all ages.

The end of summer gives way to the beginning of a new school year. Even though it may appear students are resistant to the idea of desks and books and schedules, experience tells me they secretly are really excited to experience a new year with a new teacher and learning all sorts of new things. Think about it. What child do you know that doesn’t get excited about a new backpack and filling it with notebooks, markers, and glue sticks, etc.? What student doesn’t wonder about what the year will bring with their “new” teacher and classmates?

Let’s face it… Learning… Experiencing… Being Challenged… is indeed fun and exciting and rewarding!

As institutions of learning prepare for students, so too are our congregations preparing for the upcoming program year. Sunday school and confirmation curriculum are tweaked. Rally Day activities are finalized. “God’s Work. Our Hands.” projects are organized. Church staff are making ready for the return of children of all ages – excited to share the Good News and explore the promises of and responsibilities of being a child of God… a disciple of Christ.

And what about you and I – disciples of Christ that are post confirmation and church school? Are we anticipating a new year of faith formation opportunities? Is our Bible ready to be tucked in a bag or carried out the door to a Bible study? Have we been anxiously awaiting the list of book studies to choose from at our congregation? Are we yearning to spend time with our brothers and sisters in Christ wrestling with the Word and growing in our relationship with Christ? Are we awaiting the time of shared fellowship and deepening our relationships with each other?

What wonderful opportunities lie before us! We simply need to commit ourselves to engaging and to growing… We are, as disciples of Christ, called to learn, to serve, and to proclaim – with excitement, passion, and compassion!

It’s a great year and a great time for you to find a Bible study, a book group, or any other faith formation activity (Invite a friend as well!). I pray you delight in the Word and cherish the time in relationship building.

“…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

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