Hooray! The livestream connection worked Sunday, and we were able to worship together virtually and celebrate Holy Communion on World Communion Sunday. Thank you to all who helped troubleshoot the problem and make the necessary repairs and adjustments. I agree with the comments I heard yesterday that the wonderful autumn weather of the last several days has lifted everyone’s spirits despite the pandemic weariness and fatigue. I know that my faith and hope is increased when I step outdoors into the cool air and see the beauty of all creation under a clear blue sky and pause for a moment to allow the wonder of it all to sink in. To experience such joy moves me to give thanks for all of creation and so much more.
The October Sunday School lessons direct our thoughts to God’s Good Gifts, reminding us that all things are God’s. We are blessed by God when we see God in creation, realize that all good gifts come from Him, and that all we are and have, our time, talents and resources, come from God. In the midst of a pandemic, we can grow and deepen our understanding of stewardship by prayerfully considering how we can best use all that we have and all that we are to honor and serve the one who loved us and gave himself for us. I encourage you to join the Sunday School Zoom meeting as we discuss these lessons. The link for the Sunday School Class is sent out on Fridays and is available on the website.
We also have a time of prayer and Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., usually reading and discussing a text that relates to the coming Sunday’s worship theme. Both the Sunday School Class and the Wednesday gathering are ways to stay in touch with each other and to grow in our faith.