A Message From Pastor Margaret
Grace and peace to all of you.
It is September, and a time for new beginnings...
for the little ones who go to school for the first
time, the ones who transition to a new school
year, and those who leave home to explore new
beginnings in a new place, perhaps a new state,
or even a different country. We keep you and your teachers in our prayers! To all individuals and families who were able to take a summer vacation, we hope your energies have been restored...and for many others, we hope these beautiful summer months have been a blessing to you.
We look forward to all the various activities here at church. The Sunday School will have a wonderful kickoff on September 17th. We look forward to seeing all the children and youth and pray that the teachers will feel refreshed in their teachings of God's word to our little ones. We will have confirmation classes, starting September 17 as well, and invite our young adults to sign up. All committees will soon be in full swing. Please have a look at our September Calendar in The Spire. You will find important dates for all activities.
As we envision new beginnings, we are reminded by Paul in Romans 12: 1-8 that we give ourselves as spiritual gifts and living sacrifices to God. It is an opportunity, Paul says, to renew our minds, that is, to understand God’s will for us as we commit ourselves in service to God, the church, but also everywhere we find ourselves...in our homes, at work and in service to others.
We keep in our prayers those who are suffering here at home in Barre, and we also pray for those affected by the severe rain and floods in Texas, Louisiana, India and mud slides in Sierra Leone. These are tragic events with severe consequences to those affected. We pray for our country, the world and its leaders to make good decisions in every situation that affects the lives of people.
May our church be a place where everyone feels welcome and at home, in worship, in service and in prayer.
May God bless you!