I have REALLY enjoyed living in Florida these past 15 years, & not to complain, but the one thing I truly miss about not living up north is.....fall. I’m not mad at God or hating on Florida but seriously Lord, you couldn’t have worked in some cooler temps in September & October & caused some leaves to change colors? If it weren’t for Labor Day & the start of football (continue to pray for my Buckeyes) I’m pretty sure summer would roll right into Thanksgiving without me even realizing it!
But...we do have Labor Day & football (thank you Jesus) and the biggest shift that takes place this time of the year actually happens in the church calendar as summer vacations end, kids & teachers go back to school, & we all (hopefully) start to settle back into worship, service, & community. In a few weeks we’ll start a brand new series called “The Real Jesus”, make a push to invite new people, join a small group, & settle back into some routine & consistency that many of us lost over the summer (& that’s not a dig, I wholeheartedly support summer vacations & adventures!). So if you’re reading this & you’ve been away for awhile, there’s nothing like a fresh start. And please know, this isn’t about “getting God back into your life”, the Spirit of God is an amazing travel companion & has been with you the entire time (“where can I run from your presence oh Lord...you are right there with me...”), rather, it’s more about getting the routine & discipline of corporate worship, community, service of others, generosity, holy communion, outreach...back into our lives.
So let the change of the season begin! Even if the Florida weather & the leaves on our trees don’t cooperate.
Much Autumn love, Pastor Chris
Pastor Chris Cahall
Chris loves Jesus & despises religion. Journey with him to dig a little deeper into your faith.