September signals a new season. A time of change. The summer and the holidays come to a close, work begins.
This month we give thanks that we are returning to one service in church on a Sunday morning. The first opportunity for us all to meet together since the outbreak of the pandemic and the first time since Mark began his ministry at Fetteresso. A new season. A time of change.
So much has changed since the outbreak of the pandemic, life has changed for us all and while we can return to church, things are not the same, there are still restrictions and a return to church is still not possible for some.
Yet one thing remains the same, God does not change.
(Malachi 3:6. James 1:17).
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
As Jesus followers we are called to be like him and to follow his example. Before Jesus began the work God had given him to do he sought God in prayer.
This time last year we had no minister and were seeking God in prayer. We give thanks that God heard our prayers and answered them.
As we begin this new season, we do not know what it will hold, yet we know that when we pray, God hears and answers. As we begin again together, let us return to God, seeking him first for the way ahead, that we may move forward together in his plans, his purpose and his power.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.