If you’re like me, the summer seems to have flown. In New England we’ve been blessed with incredible weather, abundant sunshine, longer days, and time to refresh and re-connect with family and friends.
As we come to the end of the summer and experience cooler nights, our thoughts turn toward the fall and new beginnings. Some are returning to school, some are entering college for the very first time, some families have welcomed a new baby over the summer, many of us are returning to work, and some are looking for new jobs or new opportunities to serve. Wherever you are in the mix of life events I invite you to join me and the rest of our dedicated staff as we begin a new program year at Epiphany.
Rally Day is this Sunday, September 10th. It is an opportunity to rally together and re-connect with one another and to welcome new folks who have visited over the summer and are looking to find a home in this wonderful parish. After our 10:00am service, we’ll have a barbecue hosted by the Vestry. Everyone is invited and encouraged to stay after church. Rally Day is an opportunity to re-engage with the many opportunities to deepen our faith and to serve others. For a list of our weekly offerings click here.
As Thomas was getting ready to go on sabbatical I asked him what he wanted us to work on in his absence. Without hesitation he said, “Discipleship!” This year our Formation programs are committed to helping everyone – young and old alike – to discover how we might be Disciples, how we might become unabashed ambassadors of the reconciling love of Christ. A “disciple” is a student or follower of Jesus. That’s what we believe as Christians and as Episcopalians. Often, we’re reluctant to share our faith with others, especially outside of the comfort of our Parish.
As our children and youth continue to learn the parables and how they relate to their everyday lives, we adults will have many opportunities to delve into the scriptures and reflect on the teachings of Jesus and how we might be better informed and equipped to be disciples in a culture and world so desperately in need of healing, justice, and love.
As you think about your fall schedule I hope you will consider making Sunday worship a priority and then pick one or two activities that will nurture your soul and your journey of faith. What do you need to sustain your life during the week? If you don’t find what you need among the many offerings already in place, please let me or a member of the Vestry know.
We have many exiting plans for the fall and will welcome a new Intern, Paul Kozak, and his family. Paul will be with us most Sundays and a couple of days during the week. He is looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing your story.
I look forward to being with you on September 10th and throughout the fall as we strive to become emboldened to proclaim the Good News – that is, the unconditional love of God through Christ is available to all! Now more than ever, we need to be ambassadors of that Good News!
Faithfully yours in Christ,