June 18-September 3:
A Future With Hope
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." -- Jeremiah 29:11
We ease into the summer season: a time for planting, growing, and sitting back to enjoy the fruits of hard work. As flowers, vegetables, and trees flourish in their own time and season, we are reminded that growth takes time, and that God’s timing is often much longer and more far-reaching than our own.
Have you ever been frustrated or impatient with how long it takes to grow and change as God’s people? Maybe you wish your life would turn around right now, or that there could be a “quick fix” for our congregation as we live into our mission and ministry, or that the world could instantly be filled with the hope and joy God offers. But growth takes time, and we who plant the seeds of hope and change, who nurture the tender shoots of new life, are in it for the long haul.
This summer in worship, we plant, we tend, we wait with patience, and we celebrate the promise and presence of God now, and in our future filled with hope.