This is a season of change – some large, some smaller. This is the season in which we move from summer to autumn. It’s harvest season in agricultural settings. Along our tree lined streets, the urban forest turns various shades of red and yellow and orange in spite of (maybe in defiance of) the California myth of balmy climate and eternal sunshine. The trees still understand their fundamental make-up. The change is inevitable and necessary for their survival.
It was such a blessing to have Jan’s friend Jeanette play her Native American flutes in worship last Sunday. There is something ancient, deep and surpassing beautiful about the haunting sounds of those instruments and the music they play. It inspired a service in which we tried to pay some homage to our Native American sisters and brothers and their spirituality.
This week we will focus on hymn and songs suggested by you. We got an interesting selection from which to choose. I hope you’ll come prepared to sing as we lift our voices in praise and prayer, adoration and supplication, thanksgiving and intercession. There will be a brief reflection on the Word in which Paul urges the Ephesians to “speak to one another in psalms and in holy writings, in carols and anthems.” What would our speech be like if we took Paul’s instruction to heart? Would there be a difference in quality and characteristic to our communication? After worship, Caroline Shepard and Marilyn Hunwick will host our Patio Hour.
There are a number of wonderful opportunities available to us as the “fall season” kicks off. You can see some of them listed above and others are covered in the Spire. Next Saturday there will be a “Kids Carnival” in Mitchell Park sponsored those who have responded to Pastor Kaloma Smith’s (University AME Zion) call to address issue of racial diversity in our community. This is an effort to bring children of all different backgrounds together to experience the joy of shared community.
There is also a new approach to senior programming we are trying out this year. Along with Covenant and First Presbyterian Churches, we will be hosting a senior activity once a month. Drawing from the feedback you gave us when we survived your interests, we will be hosting a book group on the third Thursday of the month. At our first meeting we will generate a book list to read from for the rest of the year. I encourage anyone interested to come check it out.
I will be gone next week on my annual junket to Boise. While there we will celebrate my mother’s 97th birthday and I will attend my 50th high school reunion, Imagine that! I’m pleased to say that our new Associate Pastor, Gregory Stevens, will be in the office. He will also be leading intergenerational worship on the 13th. Be kind to him. We don’t want to scare him away in his first week. If there are pastoral needs, call the church office.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10:00 AM, Bring some others a long to help swell the song.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.