“Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.”
Well, here we are!
It is June again and soon school will be out; people will head out to the beach, or a cabin, to mountain summits, bumper cars or summer camp. The milder weather will give itself over to sweltering heat, thunder storms and lightening bugs. Finally, we will put away wool coats and knit hats and bring out the flip-flops, baseball caps and Hawaiian shirts. You have to love the change in the air even if many things in our live don’t change as much as might think when on the verge of summer.
June also mark a time of transition in the church as well, it’s the month at the seam between one church year and the next. June will fly by, we will soon be enjoying Music Sunday and plying our hand to the democratic practice at Annual Meeting. Flower Communion with fly past in a blur of color, the old Board of Trustees will hand the gavel to new and summer services will begin. Before you know it, it will be July 1st, FY ’19 will be a thing of the past and FY ’20, the actual beginning of the new “church year” will be fast underway.
So, let us celebrate all that was good about this year, the many things we can and should be grateful for, the people that went above and beyond, the challenges we faced, the new folks we welcomed, the music we made, money we raised, all the work and worship, all the laughter and stories that we have shared…
Those are the elements of strength, what we need build upon as we go forward. We owe it to ourselves just now to think about them as successes from the old year passing. Soon, we will need to look at them as the building blocks for the new year and the foundation of a new vision. As for things to improve, let us start with what we already do well, what we can showcase, the healthy elements of our congregational life and ministry. Those things are more likely to guide our growth and extend our reach then spending our precious days fretting over what we lack, who has moved away and how much or how little money we have.
Yours with Heart and in Hope,