Every month, one of our pastors writes an article for the congregation as part of our newsletter entitled The Advance. Below is the article from June/July 2014:
From The Pastor
The rhythms of the church have adapted to the rhythms of our everday life. Were it not so, why are we beginning programs in September? Thanks to the overpowering influence of the public school calendar, the beginning of the year seems to be September 1 rather than January 1. September 1 even wins over the rhythm of the Church year, which begins on the First Sunday in Advent, November 30 this year.
You’ve experienced Pastors and Directors of Music who have tried to keep the Church Year rhythm over and against the school rhythm. You have seen it when they have insisted upon singing only Advent hymns during Advent. Singing Christmas Carols had to wait until Christmas Eve. But when they did that a significant portion of the congregation was away “on holiday,” when we proclaimed the Birth in song.
So September 1 is the beginning of the year, of sorts! We kick our beginning off with “Home Again Sunday” a time when we hold a party to tell us, the “faithful,” that it is time to move from “vacation mode” and roll up our sleeves and make the most of the period of time when we are all gathered to worship and work for the glory of God. If it isn’t the beginning of the year, it is at least the beginning of the busy season of the Church. To that end we have a packed September beginning with Home again Sunday (September 7). Then we start Confirmation and dedicate Sunday School Teachers and Musicians (September 14). “The Living Room,” a new, alternative worship experience starts on Wednesday the 17th. On the 19th-21st of September we have our Annual Women’s Retreat. The Stewardship Drive kick-off and the Ministry Fair follow on September 28. And that’s not all that’s going on!
With all of the possibilities for the beginning of the year, when, you might ask, is the true beginning? Well, that answer has always been the same. The true beginning of the rest or our lives of faith is NOW! The beginning of something new is always the moment in which you find yourselves. C’mon back, those of you who have been traveling, otherwise occupied or just taking a break. It is time to make the most of the days to come for the glory of God!