It is now officially Autumn. It is hard to believe that summer is gone, but time marches on. If you think about it, for some of you, it hasn’t been just a matter of a few weeks, but a number of months since you have been with us in worship. I want you to know that YOU are missed even more than we miss those summer days.
God calls us together in community. I am not the church of God. Members
of Church Council are not individually the church of God, but all together WE are God’s church. I hope we will once again all be together as the
community of faith. Without you, something is truly missing.
On a different note, many of us have pets and in our family, a working
animal as well. They mean so very much to us and enrich our lives. On
Saturday, October 6, we will be having a Blessing of Animals. It will take
place outside, right in front of the church.
We bless the animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, who was
known for his love of and connection with God’s creatures. It is said that one time when he and his followers were out walking, he came across a large group of a variety of birds. He approached them, expecting them to fly away, but they didn’ t:
Filled with awe, he asked them if they would stay awhile and listen
to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds,
you should praise your Creator and always love him: He gave you
feathers for clothes, wings to fly and all other things that you need. It
is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home
in thin, pure air. Without sowing or reaping, you receive God’s
guidance and protection.”
At this, the birds began to spread their wings, stretch their necks
and gaze at Francis, rejoicing and praising God in a wonderful way
according to their nature. Francis then walked right through the
middle of them, turned around and came back, touching their heads
and bodies with his tunic. (blog.franciscanmedia.org)
On the last Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating the Reformation.
This is not a time for Lutheran boasting that we are children of the
Reformation. Rather, it is a time to remember what God has done for us in
Christ. As Martin Luther wrote in The Small Catechism, (which he wrote for parents to teach their children) concerning baptism, “This Spirit [God]
poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” It is all about what God in Christ has done for us.Therefore, we can come together and celebrate.
In this new church program year, let us together move forward in faith and
love for God, each other and the world.