Times and Seasons
Job 37:6-12: “To the snow God says, ‘Fall on the earth’; and the shower of rain serves as a sign… Then the animals go into their lairs and remain in their dens. From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast….”
The long, hot days of summer will soon come to an end—and it was a hot one. The bright, cool days of fall will settle in upon us, with their oranges and yellows, their reds and browns. Fall brings about preparation for the upcoming season of winter. It will include trimming of plants for winter so that they will be ready to sprout and grow again in the spring. I ought to store away the lawn furniture as well, but I tend to put it off and put it off until it’s covered in snow, and then I’ll say to myself, “What’s the point?” It’s the rhythm of life since time immemorial, predictable, comforting.
God gives us times and seasons by which to measure out our living. The animals are in on it, as are the plants, and the weather. Seasons display God’s eternal purpose in our world: birth, life, death, and new birth.
The church hallows time by ordering its life according to seasons. Many churches go through the birth, life, death, and new birth cycles as well. The churches that stay healthy and relevant in their communities move from birth to life to continued life through adapting and adjusting to their time and location. Churches don’t desire to experience the death and new birth cycle so the ones with vision adapt along the way. It doesn’t mean that the church changes its message, the message should never change, it just means it changes the ways they reach people. We will never change who we are or what we stand for, but we must always be willing to look at how we do things and what we do to reach people.
It is an exciting season in the life and growth of the Plymouth Church of the Brethren. We are just finishing a Sermon Series called: “I Love My Church”. I want you to know that I sincerely love this church. This church is an amazing group of believers who love Jesus and love people. I look forward to the future of this church as we continue to seek God’s leading in how to reach the people of our community today and in the future. Thanks for making PCOB such a great place to be.
In Christ’s Love,