Change of Seasons
It won’t be long before the leaves will be getting brighter, the temperature will be getting cooler, and the days will be shorter. As seasons change, so do our surroundings. The same could be said about this season at SWC and our surroundings. One of the new conditions this season brings is a time when leadership will be going through an in-depth process of defining the unique identity and purpose of our church. Through methods presented in “Church Unique,” we hope to better understand how God has called us to be a light in Spencerport, the Greater Rochester Area, and around the world!
Last year, the adult Sunday School classes united and discussed many different aspects of changes that could improve our church. One of those areas had to do with updates that could be made to our sanctuary to provide a more consistent atmosphere that flows from the newly remodeled welcome area into our worship environment. For this to happen, we needed to start somewhere. Like the foliage this autumn, we have already begun to see some changes here and there. Eventually, we’ll have a transformed setting that, on occasion, will have special features reflected in our décor and stage design that help us to connect with the seasons we go through together.
One of the most noticeable conditions that has changed are the banners that have decorated the walls for over 13 yrs. After conversations with the ladies that worked on those banners, we decided it was time for some new scenery! I have had the privilege of working with them and others to create a slightly different environment for Sunday morning. I look forward to collaborating with this team on other projects in the future.
Another change we’re hoping for isn’t a change we’re making alone. It’s a change that can only be made with God’s help. We are hoping that God works through His Holy Spirit during the four-week miniseries “The Beauty of a Generous Life” to change our lives and the life of the church! I am happy to say that this series will come not out of our church being desperate for money or needing to campaign for a new building, or any other hidden agenda. It comes directly as a result of our having a generous God who is calling us to be a generous people in various ways.
Change isn’t easy for any of us! It stretches us and can make us uncomfortable. That doesn’t make change bad, just different and difficult. Often, change provides an opportunity for us to grow. The hope is that, as seasons and environments presently change around us, we grow along with these and are able to see them from a positive perspective! The reality is, we value unchanging things while, at the same time, appreciating the new. I believe this paradox comes from being made in the image of an unchangeable God who also is the God of the new!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb.13:8)
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)