Words from the Pastor – July/August 2016
“For God alone my soul waits in silence...He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.”
Psalm 62: 1-2
Summer is upon us. Thanks to so many of you that volunteered your time to help with Vacation Bible School. It was great! We’ve had an active Sunday school year and an active church year with many valuable activities that you can read about in this Courier.
So here we go now into the “lazy, hazy, days of summer,” the months of July and August. What do you do in the summer? I know that several of you spend time at the shore or the mountains but most of us stay right here for most of the time. Who doesn’t need a break for a while though? A little extra sleep is just what you probably could use right now.
I’d like to put in a good word for maintaining your Sunday worship attendance during these months. My UCC colleague, Rev. Kirk Moore from St. Paul’s UCC in Downers Grove, Illinois says, “We’re not keeping score of how often you attend church. But why avoid something that can help make the week better? When we gather for worship, we enjoy community. We pray together. We sing together. We learn together. We attend to one another. We get to breathe in deep and let out relaxing sighs. We find ways to grow closer to God and to one another.” I hope you find this to be true when you come to Christ Church to worship, even during the summer months. For many of our active folks, you may have a more relaxed worship experience in the summer.
I look forward to seeing you throughout the summer at our 9:30 am worship time. Using the words that J.P.Galib used for the amazing anthem he wrote for us based on Psalm 62, “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I shall never be shaken.” He is the one we encounter in worship and whom we need in our lives every season of the year.