Thursday, 3 September 2015

Anyone in Christ is a new creation, the old has passed away.

Anyone in Christ is a new creation, the old has passed away.
2 Corinthians 5:17
                Transitions and changes occur every year when we
approach Labour Day Weekend. This weekend honouring those who work in many different walks of life signifies the end of summer’s carefree no routine days and the beginning of another academic year. There are many children, youth and young adults who will experience new settings of where they will spend their time learning. Whether it is ‘big school’ for the first time which might include riding a school bus to High School where the idea of being lost with the rest of the Grade 9s is standard. Then there are those who will begin studies in colleges and universities where you are known only by a number until you make an effort to ask questions or share your understanding.  There might also be those times when as adults people change places of employment to do similar work and there are those who still face uncertainty. As we approach Labour day let us reflect on the summer that seemed to fly by; the warmth and humid days, the opportunity to play sports and swim, and of just sleeping in as an important part of preparing for what is to come.
This also holds true for churches and church families as the summer has been a time to slow down a little, enjoy the Spirit as we receive it and to know again that Christ will call us to gather to be the family of God. For our purpose as a church is to grow in faith as the disciples of Jesus so that we might live out our faithful love and commitment to Christ in all we say and do. But in order to do this we need to experience the Spirit. And we must be open to receiving the Spirit in new ways. For we are always changing and growing not only within ourselves but with those with whom we worship. Are we open to the Spirit speaking to us and do we seek out ways that we may touch others in faith?
                Are we willing to share and become what God intends for us to be as we begin this new academic year? Are we willing to serve Christ knowing that what used to be is no longer received the same way? Are we willing to live Christ’s way with a renewed attitude and faith? Are you willing to offer to God your life in His service?  An older hymn calls us to work until we can no longer. But to also rejoice because we may work in many different ways.
Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ’mid springing flowers;
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done

Holy God, we pray for all who work and in all the ways your work is completed today. We ask that we might receive fair compensation for what we do, and to know that as we work your hand guides and protects us. As Labour Day draws near show us your way and teach us how to love you as we serve you in this time and place. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.