Pastor’s Page

  September 2022         

Fall is in the air.  Although the temperatures do not support the idea that fall is coming – it still feels like summer – I know that fall is in the air.  School and Sunday School are back in session.  The apples are coming in at Sentinel Farm.  As I am writing this, I can almost smell the brownies for the Belchertown Fair.  Soon the leaves will be turning.  Yes, fall is in the air.

            Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  Like spring, it marks a time of new beginnings.  Everything seems fresh and alive as there is a bite to the air and as vibrant colors appear on the leaves.  The church and schools are coming alive again after a summer of rest and relaxation.  Most people see fall as a season of death because the trees lose their leaves, but I see it as new life as we begin again a new year of excitement and possibilities.

            I am excited about the possibilities that lay ahead of us at Hope United Methodist Church.  We have been renewing some old relationships with the other churches in town and will be holding some joint services.  We will be worshiping with the Congregational Church at 9:30 am on Sunday, September 25th on the Fair Grounds.  This will be a service outside the walls of the church.  I hope everyone in our community can attend.  We will also be having a community Thanksgiving Service with the Congregational and Catholic Churches on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 20th.  Both of these services are ways for all of our community to gather together.  It is a time of new beginnings.

            In this season of new beginnings, I invite you to look for ways in which God is calling you to begin afresh.  In the fall, we at Hope usually take some time to reflect what we have done in the past year and possibly set some goals for the future.  We elect new officers for our church and have our annual meeting.  We pray seriously where God may be calling us for the coming year.

            So I invite all of you to take some time and reflect where God may be calling you.  Yes, you read that right.  I invite you to take some time to reflect where God is calling you.  We are all called.  It might not be to a ministry in the church, but we are all called to use our gifts.  God has given each one of us gifts to use in the service of others.  You are gifted.  This is a season of new beginnings.  This is a season of excitement and possibilities.  Why not step out and use your gifts?

            Yes, fall is in the air.  I can feel it.  I can taste it.  I know it.  It is a time to for fresh starts and new beginnings.  Are you ready?  How will God use you this fall and this year?