April Showers, May Flowers, Now What?

The saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But what happens in June? In the world, the flowers bloom, plants begin to produce vegetables and fruits, picnics are planned, families have reunions, families spend time at the lake or the cabin and many people go on vacation. Even in church planning we make space for these family events to happen. We don’t have many weekly activities, our programming year slows down. There is, however worship planned and executed every Sunday. 

Believe me, there is no one that understands needing a break from church more than church staff. I have heard my retired clergy friends say that they really liked not HAVING to do anything on Sunday mornings. However, after a break they felt the need to be present and engaged in a worship experience. I believe people are moved to attend worship for one of two reasons or both. Either you need worship to help you get centered after a week of challenges in the world, or you want to see people from your church community, or both. Worship is intended to provide a time when we, as individuals come together as a community of God, to remind ourselves of how God can be present in our daily lives. It is a time when we can sit with people who help us to stay centered on Jesus’ message of how to move and work in the world. 

June, July and August will hold challenges for all of us as we plan our vacations. We will be taken away from our church home and it will then become a challenge to make worship a priority in our busy lives. This summer I want to challenge all of us to stay connected to our church family. Attend worship as often as you can to maintain your focus on God’s call and to help other members of our community do the same. Attend on Sunday to be the person to welcome a visitor who is from out of town. Attend worship because we will now have air conditioning! Attend worship because you want to, not because you have to. It will be easy to stay at home because we won’t have as many activities to attend. 

If you are out of town or if you need a break, take it. If you are out of town and don’t need a break, attend a worship service in a different church. Come back and tell us about your experience. Tell us what you found to be moving or helpful in worship. Tell us what you missed from worship at First Congregational. 

This summer there are many ways to engage with your church family. Why not host or attend a small group, after reading Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott? Why not bring your family visiting from out of town with you to worship and introduce them to your friends? Invite some of your church friends over for a picnic.  Help with the July 4th celebration sponsored by the Regent Neighborhood. Sing with the Summer Singers. Share your musical talents. Help with Community Meals the first Thursday of every month. First Congregational won’t offer as many activities, but we certainly won’t be closing the doors for the summer. Come join us! It’s amazing how much loving God and your neighbor can do to boost your own daily life and the lives of others!

~ Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm in Featured Content.

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