June 2022 – A Letter from Pastor Lori

“Summertime”, bring it on with the excitement and the fullness of God’s goodness and grace!

Summertime”, what comes to mind when you hear the word spoken or see it on your TV or computer screen? Longer days, warm balmy nights, and maybe even a slower lifestyle for a few months. I think of nights and weekends at the Baseball or softball fields.  While I know that we call them the lazy days of summer that include vacations, visiting family, taking hikes, going to the beach, picnics, or cookouts in the backyard.  In Lawrence Kansas they have a summer long “dog days of summer” which is a daily walking event that participants calculate a certain number of miles walked with a great big BBQ party at the end.  This is a community wide event. The trick is we need to bring together our summertime planned and spontaneous fun experiences with our faith journey.

The attendance of worship services drop-off significantly during the summer.  Giving in the offering plate goes down as well.  We must remember that the church does not take a vacation or the summer off.  Ministry continues in many areas.  We have community festivals to attend and participate in.  We have fundraising opportunities for the church.  We need to remember our responsibility to the church, ministry and mission. We must be beacons of God’s love, hope and mercy to the world.

We know that God’s beautiful creation is around all us and that God wants rest, refreshment, and renewal for us. So how can we experience it and share it with others so we don’t miss out on all that God has in store for us?  Here are a couple of simple suggestions that might begin our “summertime” faith and fun journey for June, July and August.

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims God’s handiwork”

So, Leave the electronics alone, grab a folding chair or blanket and sit in the dark to enjoy the stars. Share and talk about God’s incredible creation. During this summertime while harvesting items from your Garden remember God the creator.  As you are exploring the creek around your property or family property, remember the creator and sustainer God.  

And a charge for all of us this summertime from 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “We were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”

So how are you going to share your life this summer.  Help with VBS-teach or provide a meal or a snack.  Plan a neighborhood gathering in your backyard or in the park. Help at the many festivals and celebrations our towns of ALL parish are having.  Just by attending these festivals you are supporting these events and being a beacon of God. 

No, it does not have to be overwhelming. It’s time to reconnect safely and faithfully outside. It is time to let your light of Christ shine.  In your family, in your neighborhood, in your community and most importantly in your church.

In Christ’s service

 

Pastor Lori