Dear Resurrection Church family and friends,
This is the time of the year when changes are happening: school is beginning soon. Supplies are being purchased, uniforms acquired, and rooms are readied for the school year that will begin soon. For my own children and others, there is both some excitement and apprehension about it all. Excitement--for soon they will be rejoined with friends they haven’t seen in months. Apprehension--because the question is a good one: what will the coming year be like?
In a similar way we as individuals and as a church (as Resurrection) are excited. People are returning from vacations and travels and it’s great to be rejoined together to worship. This past Sunday I loved walking into church having been away and worshiping together--I missed you! And excitement because we have an amazing program year planned for all ages: from Sunday School for young children beginning on August 19th, to weekly Bible Study for young adults and adults after worship and fellowship. The campus looks beautiful and we are ready for a new year and new opportunities to accomplish our mission of restoring people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
And, too, it needs to be said that there is apprehension--after all, there should be! What I mean by that is that in times like these, in new chapters such as we find ourselves in as a church, we wonder what things will be like moving forward. We are in many ways a “baby church” taking “baby steps.” When we do new things such as we’re doing, the skills we have are developing as we go. Such periods can be unsettling, but if we anticipate the adjustment--and, moreover, we pray and lean into it--we can find ourselves individually and together strengthened to meet challenges and enjoy life to the fullest.
I pray that together this year we can live more deeply into our baptismal vows as Christians, finding as the prayer book says “wonder and joy in all [God’s] works.” For the excitement with which we approach the days ahead, as well as any apprehension we may experience, are places where the holiness of God longs to be recognized. We can give thanks to God as well as we can ask for help. I certainly am asking for God’s help in my life--are you? I believe that you can. If I can do it, you can do it! And together each Sunday in worship we encourage one another to keep growing stronger.
Please join me in giving thanks to Karl our Senior Warden as well as the many others who kept our church family running smoothly during these summer weeks. Our gratitude and prayers as well for the blessing of worship both on Sundays as well as as on Wednesday night at 7pm--please come if you haven’t and find some spiritual renewal mid-week.
May God’s grace be with you. I hope to see you Sunday for worship!
The Rev. Nathan Speck-Ewer
Resurrection Episcopal Church
December 14, 2018