Earlier last week I took a trip to Athens, GA to gather up some of my memories tucked away in boxes.  Mom and Dad are contemplating moving to Folly sometime in the next year and asked my sister and I too get our things.  We thought this was silly at first, surely we didn’t have that much left in the house.  We were wrong.  We also didn’t realize the richness of what we would find in the corners of the closets and in old drawers.  Pictures, letters, and I found a journal where I’d written my call to ministry story.  Believe it or not, I also found a stack of church newsletters from my college days!  I do love a good newsletter.  They are like little time capsules of the life of the church, reflecting the Spirit’s work in a community.
So, what does our newsletter for WPC reflect?  What parts are a reflective look on the Holy Spirit’s work in Christ’s church?  We celebrated receiving new members in the middle of a pandemic!  We have taken a leap of faith and will be trying something new for Sunday School where all ages get to spend time in God’s Word each day and sharing in reflection each week.  We ordained and installed officers-new leaders of the church who said, “We will” in response to God’s call to lead in the midst of a strange new time.  We celebrated the sacrament of Baptism and responded to prior vows in a hybrid version of Montreat with the youth.
The prophet Isaiah shares God’s words saying, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)  There is a lot of promise and hope in this verse.  My prayer is we continue to seek God’s guidance in opportunities to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ together and in our community.  Take some time to pray over ways you see God beginning a new thing in you!  Maybe it is time to reconnect to God’s Word, spending time reading the scriptures.  Maybe you share that time of study and devotion with your children, grandchildren, spouse or friend.  Maybe you’ve hungered for worship and carve out time to join us in worship on Sunday mornings live, or later in the day with the recorded services.  There’s a lot of hope and promise in our today’s and tomorrows.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Lissa