This Sunday, September 12, you’re invited to join in worship in person or by streaming as we celebrate the start of fall and the church program year! Sunday School will begin for children, and adult classes the next week.
Our church is beginning to live into a new mission motto, drawn from Jesus’ great commandment: Love God. Love our Neighbors. As we seek to love God with heart, mind, and soul, we gather for worship that draws us to give God praise for the gift of life, all the more precious in this season. When we think of loving God with our minds, the role of faith formation and Christian education is a crucial part of our deepening our understanding of the Scripture that unfolds God’s love and ways to us. This fall gives opportunity to deepen our grounding in God’s love, the anchor that holds amid the turbulent seas of this season.
Our Scripture reading for this Sunday is core gospel, Jesus asking the disciples (of his day and ours), “who do people say that I am,” and, “who do you say that I am?” Thinking about who Christ is for us, in the midst of an increasingly secular Pacific Northwest, draws us to reflect on how Christ reveals to us God’s love and call and challenge.
In the passage for Sunday, Jesus also foreshadows the fate that is to befall him, how he will suffer and be put to death, yet on the third day rise again. As the disciples ponder this somber news, he gives a further challenge, that those who would follow him are called to likewise take up their cross and follow.
There is a sense that we are walking in these days in the way of the cross, weighed down by the continuing season of the pandemic. May we seek to companion those walking the way with us, remembering the One who walks alongside us, always.
In the midst of all that these days are holding, the church and the ties that bind us together in Christ mean all the more. Come, and let the music, the beauty of the sanctuary, and the presence of Christ’s Spirit give solace to your soul!
Wishing you the blessings of the fall,