The church, like our schools, begins its program year in September. As you will see elsewhere in the newsletter, a new year begins for the Chancel Choir and the Gloria Dei Bell Choir. Sunday School for all ages resumes. The Martha Circle begins a new Horizons Study on the Book of Hebrews. The worship services will be richer in music, scripture and prayer. Meanwhile, our ministries of compassion and outreach will continue. If I may quote myself from last September’s Chimes:
So happy new (program) year! The great things about God’s grace are that it lets us make a new beginning any time. It is always true, as we sometimes say as words of pardon in our Sunday services:
“To all and to each, where regret is real, God pronounces pardon, and grants us the right to begin again.”
It is well to remember that a year can begin again only if there have been years before it. And surely we would not even bother with a new program year if we were not hoping that what we do now will have a positive effect on the times to come. We believe that what we do today will make a better life and world for ourselves and generations to come. This is the real meaning of the word “heritage.” Our true heritage is the blessings that have come down to us through the years from those who came before us. The legacies we want to leave blessings that future generations will celebrate as their heritage.
This is why, even though it is still just September, I want to alert you to a very special day for First Presbyterian Church: Sunday, November 5. You will be hearing more about it in the coming weeks. It will be a day of celebrating the past, of reaching out to the future, and fun. We will have some very special visitors from the past and from the future. And oh yes, some serious eating. At this point, we are calling it Heritage Sunday, but the focus will be as much on the future as on the past. And the present will get its due.
In the meantime, let us continue being faithful to the heritage we have received, and we can be sure the future will be inspired to renew their faithfulness by the heritage they receive through us.
See you in church.