And So It Starts . . .
Each year, in our community (and in other communities across the nation), a new rhythm of life begins. School starts. For many kids — those words are ominous. But for many parents, those words are music to their ears!
I love this time of year. It signals the beginning of new routines. Car pools are cranking up. All manner of seasonal activities are commencing for our kids. Band practices, tutoring sessions, football games, school clubs and the like are all kicking off a new year. Families across our community have begun the annual ritual of settling in to a new schedule that will govern their lives for the next 10 months or so.
The rhythm of life here at our church experiences a similar dynamic. We have had a busy summer at FBCA. We have had people traveling on vacation, we have sent people across the world on mission trips, our kids have been to camps, we have had all manner of “summer” activities —- now, a new cycle of ministry and life has begun.
Last Sunday was Fresh Start Sunday for us. It marks the beginning of a new educational year for us. Many people across our church family promoted to new classes last Sunday. We started new classes as well. We have Bible Study offerings for all ages that are offered each week. Last Sunday marked the beginning of new ministry opportunities as new endeavors have begun.
We have hundreds of people serving each week across the life of our church. There are new faces in new places of service. It is a wonder to behold. These faithful servants who give so much of their time and energy to invest in ministry across the life of our church are the heart of our church.
I hope you have discovered your place of service. God has gifted each one of us to serve the Body of Christ. We are to use our gifts in service to our King and our fellow believers and our greater community. It is a blessing to use those gifts from God in service to Him.
I am praying for all of you today. I am praying for God to use us for His glory this year in service to Him. Thank you for your faithfulness to the tasks at hand. Thank you for your hard work in service to our Lord. May God give us the grace and strength to serve Him well in this new ministry year at FBC Arlington.
And so it starts . . .!