written by Karen Lee
Kickoff Sunday is September 11, and we have a revised worship schedule:
9:00 am – Informal Worship
11:00 am – Traditional Worship
Pastor Gretchen and I enjoyed a great discussion in early summer about Fall theme ideas. We focused on Fall being a time to “return.” Traditionally, this has meant a return to routines – school, work, church programming, etc. And while those returns are still true, we as a society are managing life during a two-and-a-half-year pandemic. This means we’re also navigating a return to Community. And Our Redeemer’s is a beautiful community worth returning to.
We “re”alized there are so many “re” words that express how God’s spirit moves among us. I wrote a theme song for the Fall, inviting all of us to “Return:”
“Fall is returning; we are re-learning how to be God’s people here
Even through challenges God re-imagines us to live in love and not fear.
Let us restore and regrow since God is the refuge we know.
So from this place, reveal God’s grace.
Return, remember, renew.”