Josanne and I are spending a few days in the mountains of North Carolina, before heading back to Eastern Kentucky. The trees on the mountainside are just beginning to change now, and the weather has been cool but nice. One of the things we are doing is taking some time to do some planning for the year or two to come.
Any transition, even a welcome one, requires some forethought. Josanne moving back to Central Illinois is going to mean a significant change for us. At the same time, some of you will know that we are making plans to move into a house on the east edge of Danvers. We’ll be doing the moving a little at a time, but that’s another transition. Many of you will remember that I don’t deal well with change. These few days are helping me come to grips with these changes. It’s necessary for us to plan if we want to continue to move forward.
It’s no different for our congregation. When things change and when transitions come, it can be disconcerting. It’s important for us to plan and look forward together in order to see what God is doing in our congregation and in our community.
This vacation time has been a good one, but I’ll be back next Sunday and look forward to seeing you then.
Scripture readings for next Sunday
Psalm 127-128—What themes do these two chapters have in common?
Mark 4:21-34—What truths about God’s kingdom do you think Jesus is teaching through these parables?
1 Chronicles 28—What are the ways in which David’s plan differed from God’s plan?
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5—What are different things that Paul tell us the Lord will do for us?