paper-and-a-pencil-1467185202BWeA new school year
A new semester
A new adventure

Each year around the end of August, most American communities are wrapping up their summer festivities and preparing for a busy new season of school, sports, and church activities. Summer provides time and space for travel and relaxation, and the start of a new semester brings new life into a relaxed summer environment.

Even if your life is well past counting the year by the school calendar, there is still a sense of anticipation in everyone’s spirits as a new school year begins. We all join together in excitement as the slow, hot days of summer slip back into the chilled, busy air of fall.

At RRCB, we are in the final stages of fall planning – youth and children and adults alike will begin their more regular programming and ministry activities. Personally, I begin a new Doctor of Ministry program with McAfee School of Theology and am seeing Will off to his final semester of his Bachelor’s program at VCU.

What excitements do you have in this new season? What new adventures are you expecting?

Perhaps it’s sending a child to a new grade, a grandchild to a new school. Perhaps it’s sending your oldest (or youngest!) to college. Perhaps it’s watching the younger generation take their next steps, even as your own job continues normally. Perhaps it’s the excitement of a new church season, complete with music activities, learning, new programs, and liturgical year changes.

Whatever your new adventure, let’s celebrate these together in the coming weeks. From our first Wednesday night program on September 7th to Celebration Sunday on September 11th – we will kick off this new and exciting time in style!

And, just as we celebrate, we also call God into our new spaces to come alongside us in this adventure. Here is a prayer you can stop and say as we move into this new season together:

O God of wisdom,

As our children are headed back to school and college to learn anew, help us pass on to them the wisdom that has been given down to us from the generations before us.

Help our children as they learn their daily lessons to listen and learn.

Help their teachers have the patience and knowledge to teach well.

Help them as they learn life’s lessons of dealing with other people around them.

Help us as we guide them through those lessons.

We ask for your wisdom to discern your ways and path for our own lives.

We ask for your wisdom to discern how to deal with others we meet, live with, work with, shop with, drive our roads, with, wait in line with, eat with and be with daily.

We ask for your wisdom in the difficult situations we may have to deal with as we go through life.

We ask for your wisdom when voting in the upcoming elections.

We ask for your wisdom in dealing with injustices in our world.

We ask for wisdom for our leaders in our world, our countries, our states, and our communities.

We ask for wisdom for our church leaders, worldwide and local.

We ask for wisdom for our Pastors as they preach your word, inspire, lead and grow us as disciples.

We ask for your wisdom as we reach out to those in need in our communities and in our world.

We ask for wisdom as we minister to those who are homebound and in nursing homes.

We ask for your wisdom as we minister to those in hospitals, in recovery and rehab.

We ask for your wisdom that not only enlightens us but transforms us and guides us in our daily walk with you.

Amen.

~ written by Rev Abi, and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road.