Summer time and livin’ is easy the old song goes. Warm weather, vacations, no school, golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, swimming, relaxing, a less hectic schedules; you add in the rest. They all define summer time.
Thankfully our Lord never takes a vacation from blessing us with His abundant love, gracious gifts, and providential care. The Psalmist writes about our Heavenly Father, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand. Ps. 121:4- 5. The Lord’s care is ongoing. He never tires of caring for us.
Summer presents God’s people with numerous opportunities to be good managers of God’s gifts. We care for the wonderful world He has given us when we are outdoors. We treasure the important relationships we enjoy as we spend time with loved ones. Also, we use wisely the material blessings He gives us.
There is great temptation during the summer months to neglect the most precious of all our Lord’s gifts. His holy Word and Sacraments offered in worship. As many other responsibilities are taken more lightly in the relaxed atmosphere of summer living, so, too, are we tempted to take lightly the spiritual aspect of our lives! Yet our life needs balance between the physical and spiritual. Vacation plans and recreational activities often replace worship. And we diminish the management of our Christian faith by letting worldly things take precedence over God in our lives.
In response to our Lord for His grace and mercy, may we place Him first in all our summer plans and activities, allowing adequate time for worship, reading in His Word and Prayer. May we be good managers of God’s rich blessings. May we all continue to support the mission and ministry of our church with regular gifts and offerings given from a thankful heart, even when we are away from home.
This summer beginning the 10th of June, we will offer a Wednesday Evening Worship Service outdoors at 7:00 P.M. This half hour service will be outdoors, weather permitting; or if it rains, we will meet in the chapel in a more relaxed setting for worship. There will be time for singing, hearing the Word of God and prayer. If you will be out of town or must work on Sunday, take advantage of this opportunity to worship on Wednesday Evening at 7:00 P.M.
Keep a good balance in your summer plans. Pastor Dan