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A Note From Pastor Jason, August 2017 Monthly


Signaling Return

Our 2BC Fall Kickoff is Sunday, August 20. On this day our age-graded classes promote, and on this week our fall programming begins. We will also have food trucks ready to serve tasty meals for a picnic on the grounds after the 11:00 service. We do this to celebrate the day. We also do this to entice you back to church. In fact, until this year we affectionately called this “Back to Church Sunday” with the idea that if you’ve been away for a while (for summer vacation or even longer) this Sunday could serve as a great
re-entry into spiritual practices of weekly worship, community, discipleship, and service. If you've been away in any way, this is an opportunity to return.

This reminds me of the Jewish practice of T’shuvah, which literally means “turn” or “return.”

In Jewish tradition, T’shuvah is most frequently associated with the High Holy Days, such as Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). In each of the days of Rosh Hashanah, an instrument made from a ram’s horn called a shofar is blown 100 times. According to the famous Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is meant to wake up the soul and turn its attention to the important task of repentance…to realigning oneself with God, Scripture, and the practices of sacred community…to T’shuvah.

I don’t believe we’ve calendared the blowing of a shofar at any point this month, though I do hope the promotion of classes, the prospect of picnicking, and every upcoming transition from summer habits into fall routines will signal our return. Return to the regular weekly habits of worship, community, discipleship, and service? Absolutely! And perhaps this month we could all listen closely for the music of the Spirit calling us to return to even deeper places of alignment, authenticity, awareness, and action in our relationship with God.

See you soon,

Posted by Jason Edwards at 10:47 AM
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