Now as we move into the fall, difficulties persist as routines look different, margins are thinned in the balance of work, new school patterns, and the extra precautions needed as we go about our live. Doing what once was so effortless has become more cumbersome. Despite the challenges, I have been encouraged by the flexibility, patience, trust, and faithfulness of our church as we have navigated our first year as a parish. It has certainly been unique! Yet we have not flagged in zeal, ministry or mission! To God be the glory!
I want to spur you onward as we begin to focus on our financial stewardship in October. God’s Kingdom continues to advance and is thriving even in times such as these. I’d invite you to discover anew that unshakable truth for us as citizens therein by revisiting the 23 Psalm this next month. Soon you will receive a devotional booklet in the mail and begin hearing more about When the Lord is Our Shepherd.
We will work through it together, and Growth Groups will meet to discuss the themes in weekly discussions (6:30 pm in person on Wednesdays nights or 6:30 pm via Zoom). It is light reading in the midst of a busy season! So if the start of the fall blew right by you, I pray you will engage in this effort. Or, if you have been able to reconnect as the fall began, I hope this will be a change of pace to reflect and be further strengthened.
I trust that as we do so the Lord will help us recommit to one another and the work that He has given us to do together at Saint Barnabas in the coming year. It all begins on October 11 and will culminate in offering our gifts and talents to the Lord on All Saints Sunday, November 1. What I would ask of you now is that you begin by joining me in prayer.
Ask God how He is calling you to partner with Him to advance His Kingdom in Fort Worth in the year ahead through giving and serving next year. When the Lord is our shepherd we discover life as God purposed. Join me in recommitment to persevere toward that end in the weeks to come as we grow from strength to strength as a beacon on the hill in this region!