September 2012

Dear Parishioners,

Summer is winding down and fall is approaching. At this time of year we renew and commit ourselves to our new routines. Routines can be both good and bad. If our routine taxes us to the breaking point, we have not done what is best for ourselves and our families. If our routine leaves out important aspects of our growth and life, we feel diminished and unfulfilled.

September is a month when routines are established and re-established. Our children and grand-children are introduced back into the learning process. Our routine is to make sure they are fed properly; receive enough sleep; don’t watch too much TV or be distracted by too much technology and social media. Yes is the answer to: “It’s time to do homework?” No is the answer to: “Can’t I watch the end of this program?” Boundaries and limits are set while all the time testing them.

Am I talking just about children or youth? No! We do the same things in our own lives as adults. Are we being properly fed? Not just with the food we may eat at the table, but are we being nourished by the Body and Blood of our Lord each and every week? Are we re-introducing ourselves and our lives back into the learning process of Christian Education? Are we receiving enough sleep and resting on the Sabbath to refresh ourselves and reflect upon the goodness of our God? Are we setting the boundaries necessary to become authentically Christian or are we being distracted by the social media, the technology, the worries and cares of the world? Yes it is time to do our reading and writing in our journals about the spiritual life Christ has given us. Yes it is the time to do our homework and study the scriptures and God’s ways. No it is not something we can ignore or “get around to it when we feel like it might help.”

Commitment to anything is not a once in a lifetime event. It is an everyday event. Just think what our world and life might be like if we took seriously our commitment each and every day. What would the world look like? What would our lives look like? What would the Church look like? What if we woke up and committed ourselves to God each and every morning? What if we woke up and committed to living out our Baptismal and Confirmation Vows? What if we woke up and recommitted ourselves to living out our marriage vows that day? What if we recommitted ourselves to work for the glory of God and to his honor? What if we recommitted ourselves to inviting others into Christ’s life? What if we looked at our children and grandchildren and recommitted to love and show God’s love to them?

It would be quite a different world, would it not? Each and every day there would be a new perspective on how we are going to live this day. Each and every day we could refocus our routines to glorify God rather than seek our own desires. Each and every day we could take just one more aspect of growing in the knowledge and love of the Lord to a new dimension.

September is a time to go back to routines but not old routines. We are told we are a new people in Christ so why not pick up that new person and recommit yourself to God’s way, God’s truth and God’s life?

At St. Alban’s we are also re-establishing our routines. It is time once again to ask you to recommit to your education and worship in Christ. It is time once again to ask for your routine not to block out God but to put him in the center of your life. It is time again to ask you to commit and recommit yourselves, your souls and bodies to worship, work and love of Christ. It is time to ask: “What have you done for God lately?” If the answer is very little or nothing at all, then it is time to establish a new routine to help you. That is why the Church was often built as an upside down ark. We are in this together: to help one another; to love one another; to feed and strengthen one another in our life in Christ. We often need help not only to remind us that yes it is time to do your homework. We also often need to be reminded that no that is not good for who you have been asked to become. You have been asked to become a new person in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So as September is upon us, let us commit; recommit; and get back into the routine each and every day of worshipping and praising God for the great things he has done for us in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. How? We do it in easy and concrete ways. Yes Christian Education has already begun, but it is not too late to join in. September 30th will be Rally Sunday for St. Alban’s. How about committing or recommitting to the ministry and work God has given us to do. It’s easy– it’s concrete—and it’s a way to help others and ourselves take seriously our commitment and recommitment to our Lord. Join us in the Parish Hall at 9:15 am and commit, recommit and give God the glory. You might just be surprised by God if you do.

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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1 comment

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am hoping to find a copy of Father K’s sermon, delivered this past Sunday the 9th.

    if available, please email me a copy or post on this site. I notice another series of sermons but none for Father K.

    Perhaps I am looking in the wrong area?

    Thank you for reading this,

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