Rector's Rhetoric - September 2016
Even though our adults have continued to meet for Christian formation throughout the summer, after a three month hiatus, Sunday School for our youth will resume on September 18th. Rally Day is what we call it, and we’re working hard to get the rooms ready, supplies ordered, teachers recruited, and curriculum printed out. It’s no small undertaking and what we’re hoping is that our parents and youth will respond with the same excited vigor. One of the things that we know, when it comes to keeping adult members active and involved in the church, is that small group ministry is essential to their spiritual growth and their desire to follow Christ. The same thing is true for our youth. Christian Formation (Sunday School) is the anchor that keeps them coming and maturing as Christians. Their identity as children of God is confirmed in community with other youth, and it’s a bond like no other. For several months we’ve focused on “passionate spirituality” as the thing we need to work on for adults at St. Luke’s. But what about our young people? What about their spirituality?
As an aside, one of the things that I would like to do before we convene classes on Rally Day is for our adults and youth to gather at 10:25 am in the parish hall and begin our time with prayer and song, and to continue doing this each Sunday. It’s a great way to commit ourselves to one another, and to the Lord we profess and serve. I look forward to this fall semester as a time of great blessing and joy. Hope to see you there.
God’s Peace. FJ+