A Message From Our Pastor
One of the main tenants of Christianity is keeping the Sabbath, it comes fourth in the list of the Ten Commands. Resting is an important aspect of remaining spiritually healthy and whole. An adjacent aspect of resting is renewal. I am so privileged that I am expected and encouraged to engage in Continuing Education. My contract stipulates that I spend two weeks every twelve months engaged in educational opportunities that will renew my spirit and enlarge my understanding. This Spring I attended a course that met three times, for three days each time, in the Burlington area. The class was entitled “Tending the Fire.” It is a program that examines church dynamics and church health through a family systems approach. I learned a great deal and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have grown in this way.
When I signed up for the class, nine days away from home spread out over the course of four months didn’t seem like that much time. However, as each segment approached, it was really hard to carve out the time necessary to get away, and harder still to catch up once I got back. I am grateful for a church that values learning and renewal enough to have the expectation that I get away and study, even when life is full and the days are busy. I will use the remainder of this year’s Continuing Education allowance at the end of June to serve at Bethany Birches Christian Camp as their Shepherd, giving morning and evening devotions. While there, I’ll also work on preparing our summer preaching series and hopefully move forward on a writing project that’s been simmering for the last few years.
What are your plans for the Summer? How and when will you rest and renew yourselves? Worship is a great kick-start to resting and renewing. Worship reminds us who we are and Whose we are. In the coming months, may we all rest, renew, and worship, knowing that these activities are God’s will for us, and that engaging in them will bless us beyond measure and make us whole.
See you at Church,