“Behold, I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:5 (ESV)
When temps begin to cool and nights become more comfortable, we will come to the realization summer is slipping into fall. Fall is easily my favorite season. I am not in love with the muggy 90 degree temps of this past week and I am forever indebted to that 20thcentury genius, Willis Carrier, who discovered how to pull mugginess out of the air and replace it with cooler, dryer air. Fall is about long hikes, plant and vegetable harvests, warm cider and the color of a changing season. As we know the tree leaves, soon to be filled with beautifully rich and vibrant color, are in realty a sign of a passing season. And while that is true of nature’s cycle, September is better compared to spring time in the life of the church.
September wakens us out of the drowsiness of the summer heat and suggests new things and new life. Children return to school, sports activities crank up and small group fellowship events return to weekly frequency. In general we feel more alive and invigorated during this season. These are all signs of new life and new life is what we were created to have and share with each other. “Behold, Jesus proclaims,I am making all things new.” and this has been his thrust since the inception of the Christian church. Like the ongoing seasons around us, the church is in need of change and renewal if we are to speak new life into every generation. We at WLCC are no different.
As you know as of September 9th, we will be changing our service and Sunday school times in order to protect what we see as a vital component of new life we have witnessed emerging over the summer. In the last month or so, thanks to a number of our ladies, there’s a new excitement and energy being poured into the fellowship time after Sunday service. We now see 30 or more people remaining each Sunday to enjoy the coffee and snacks provided through the efforts of this team. This is a vital opportunity not only for personal fellowship, but as we will see going forward, an opportunity for visitors and new people to find their place of belonging amongst us.
Excitement is in the air and excitement breeds hope and new life for our church as we enter into the fall season. If you have yet to drop by for coffee and fellowship after service, I would encourage you to give it a try. Come and be part of this new thing God is doing here at our church.
May God continue to richly bless our church family.