Reverend Dawn M. Conti

 

From The Pastor:

Life just doesn’t stay the same for very long. In fact, life seems to be a series of transitions. This time of year, some take a break from the routines of the school year and others from Thursday morning Bible Study.  Some break from the routine of work to claim Sabbath time in the form of a vacation while others enter into a concentrated time of study. There are members in our family of faith who are transitioning through loss and the change death brings. While others watch their children grow, go off to college, or relocate for employment.

Life at Kanapaha Church is full of many good changes. The search for a leader for the Praise Band has yielded good fruit (pg. 7), the resting places in the church cemetery of those known only to God, will soon be set apart with granite markers (pg. 5). In the Fall, the session will begin working with a third party to develop a strategic plan involving the input of the entire congregation, the Christian Education Committee will offer a community educational series of lectures paired with Taize Worship (footnote needed), and members of the Mission Committee are busy organizing the effort to provide food at Thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas for children and families in need.

Any change can be unsettling because life as was once known is no more and we must adapt. Someone once said, “The only thing constant is change.” But that’s not what faith teaches. At all times, and especially when life changes too quickly, it is good to remember the anchor that God’s unchanging love provides.  As the Psalm 100:5 puts it, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Whether we’re going through welcomed or unwel-comed change, Divine love remains constant.

It is also good to remember that, especially when the sand is shifting beneath our feet, routine is our friend.  Developing and sticking to life giving routines provide a sense of continuity in the midst of change.  What are the routines in your life? Mine include a time set aside for devotion, study, exercise, walking our dog, and reading for fun before sleep. Routines and habit will get you through life for the times your heart isn’t in it.

Just think of the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body after he’d been laid in the tomb. He died on a Fri-day. The Sabbath, which began on Friday at sundown, lasted until day break on Sunday. No work was al-lowed on the Sabbath. Although they must have been in the deepest of despair, they didn’t give in to chaos; the routines that came along with observing the Sabbath, the prayers, the candles, the food, carried them through to Easter morning. Worship can do the same thing for us. After all, worship services are built on pattern and repetition. In a world where change is unstoppable, it is good to know that there are some things, at least on Sunday mornings, that remain constant.

When we practice the discipline of routine, we live into the Divine image. Our Creator invented routine. Every day the sun comes up, then the sun goes down. Summer follows Spring, Spring follows Winter, Winter follows Fall and Fall follows Summer then the whole pattern repeats. We worship the One who is in the business of bringing order out of chaos. Routine helps us to manage the chaos that is part of every life. Thanks be for God’s everlasting love and unchanging faithfulness and thanks be for the habit of rou-tine which brings order from the chaos of change.

In the bond of faith,

 

Pastor Dawn