Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a glorious summer we’ve had. Sunny and warm, yes, that, and also our weekly Sunday morning worship cele- brations, monthly Open Mic evenings, weekly Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Kids Alive! performance, weekly Neighborhood meetings to get acquainted – you with me and me with you, serving monthly with the Food Pantry, Sonoma Circuit event to celebrate Africa University’s 25th anniversary…. And, not to forget, the many committee and group meetings to handle the ongoing details of our physical facilities and life together as a faith community!
Wow! What an active congregation (and that list is only partial). And now, with September upon us, we start the month off with communion on September 3rd over the Labor Day weekend, and then on September 10th we have our fall kick-off Rally Day. Invite friends and neighbors! An opportunity to celebrate the many ministries of Petaluma UMC, and to see where and how we can each most fruitfully apply our time and energy in the coming year. The Rummage Sale is probably a good place to start.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the many requests or petitions of the singer in Psalm 119 (our scripture for the 10th) speak to the purposes of our many ministries and the reasons we gather, worship, and work/play together in this community of faith:
33 Teach me, O God, the way of your stat- utes…
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees… 37… give me life in your ways.
It seems to me we come together to remember (who we are and whose we are), to be restored, and to be renewed. As we move into the “busy” time of year, I am eager to see what God has in store for us, and how we can continue growing together – in faith, in mission, in fellowship – as we walk this path we’re on, following Jesus, at the corner of 5th and D, in Petaluma, Sonoma County, Petaluma River watershed, in the year of our Lord 2017.
Yours, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to continuously surprise us beyond our wildest expecta- tions and imaginings,