Ready, set, go! These words have been repeated by school age children for generations as they line up to begin a race or a game. Get yourself ready, get in the mindset, and then do it, go! It has been a while since the church has been in the mindset of gathering together on a regular basis for anything other than worship. Most of this is due to Covid, but it is also because we have not been out of the habit of getting everyone together. In other words, we have not been in the mindset of meeting. And, other than Covid, this is not something that is new to the church. The writer of Hebrews recognized this trait as well. 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how we may encourage one another towards love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as some are in the habit of doing, but by encouraging one another and joining together with one another”. What is it that brings people together? What helps them connect and bond with one another? Quite simply, food and fellowship. And as Christians we also say opportunities for prayer and spiritual growth. That is why the Christian Education Committee has decided to start back with the Wednesday Night Happenings (W.N.H.). Programs beginning Oct 4th. This will be a time to gather for dinner and then have a program, all in Grace Hall. We will engage in a variety of activities; Bible studies, fellowship and games, worship, special speakers, and even crafts. Please mark your calendars so we are ready to get back into the habit, in the mindset! Ready, set, go!
Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, We are grateful for the reminder of the importance of gathering together as a community of faith. Thank you for the many blessings that come when we join together in fellowship and worship, as we encourage, support, and learn from one another. We pray that you continue to strengthen our faith community as we gather together to seek your presence.
May we always strive to encourage one another, to build one another up, and to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We pray that you would empower us to confess our sins to one another, to pray for one another, and to teach and admonish one another in all wisdom. Lord, we recognize that social distancing and remote work has challenged us to stay connected with our faith community. We pray that through creative ways of food, fellowship, and growth you will help us to connect and stay connected with one another and to continue to spur one another on toward love and good deeds.