“As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word,
help us know, O God, your presence; let our hearts and minds be stirred.
Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own;
teach us through this holy banquet how to make Love’s vict’ry known.”
(ELW #522, v. 1)
Sometimes it seems like the church calendar is just … off … with the rest of our calendars. We start a new year at the end of November when our calendars say the new year begins January 1st. We celebrate holidays that aren’t pre-printed in our calendars. We start up our fall activities almost a full month after the school year begins. All year long, we’re just a little out of sync with the rest of the world.
Just as we’ve gotten used to what the new normal for our schedules – new classes, homework, sports, band, plays, busy weekends, and so on, we add to our schedule here at Shepherd of the Hills. Pay attention to September’s calendar – there are lots of things on there that haven’t happened over the summer.
Many of these things, we do each year – Sunday School classes separate back out, choirs restart, and midweek Bible studies and evening prayers resume. Our youth group (Confirmation age and older) has several events scheduled for this fall and our WELCA General Meeting will occur on September 18th.
Try something new this year – if you haven’t made it to our Bible Study, come and see. If you haven’t made it to one of our WELCA Circles, come and see. If you would like to participate in the Shepherd of the Hills Book Club, come and see. Trying to be out of sync by adding something new and relationship-deepening with God might just prove to surprise you in wonderful ways! Come and see how busy and bustling the Spirit is here at Shepherd of the Hills!