Fall is here!

I love the fall season!  The turning leaves, the beautiful colors, the cooler weather, and the falling leaves—it’s a great time to reflect upon the many blessings in our lives.  We’ve been blessed with some incredible days, blue skies and calm days, perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll.  This morning, as I gazed that the falling leaves, I thought how wonderful and wise are the changing seasons.  In Autumn, the leaves turn, die, and fall off the trees as nature prepares for winter.  But as strange as it sounds, even death can be pathway to life.  The seasons teach us this, but even so, I am mindful of the gift of letting things go, of letting them die.  Regrets, disappointments, mistakes—we can let them die, and though we may have to endure a few months of winter, the shedding of our own leaves of burden make space for new growth to happen, for new mercies, and for the fruit of new life.

Is there something you need to let go?  That you need to let die?  Let it fall from the tree like an autumn leaf so that you can make room for God to plant a new seed within you..

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
-Lamentations 3:22-24

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Ron

Worship
For the month of November, we will return to the Gospel of Matthew.  We’ll begin with a passage about integrity, humility, and service, but then we will move into Matthew 25, with three stories that teach us about faith and action.

November 1, 2020: Matthew 23:1-12, “The Exaltation of Humility”
November 8, 2020: Matthew 25:1-13, “A Ready Faith”
November 15, 2020: Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith”
November 22, 2020: Matthew 25:31-46, “Faith Must Act”

 For November 8, 2020, we will look at Matthew 25:1-13, “A Ready Faith.”   In the parable of the 10 bridesmaids, Jesus teaches us that the wise one is vigilant in faith, prepared, and always ready to serve.