September – 2017
Dan Wilson, a friend from high school, recently posted a video of himself singing a song he wrote called All Will Be Well. Before he sang the song, he talked a bit about his pessimism about the world and wondered out loud if the world is better or worse off than it was ten years ago.
It’s easy to think that the world is getting worse because in some ways it is. People can point to climate change, the rise of ISIS and the increasing boldness of hate groups as evidence that things are getting worse.
But the world is getting better as well. The percentage of people in the world living in poverty has declined, infant mortality has declined, global literacy has increased and because of work through organizations like Imagine No Malaria, people are living longer, healthier lives.
How do we know if things are getting better or worse? It’s all a matter of perspective, I imagine, a little like that question of is the glass half empty or half full. If you’re a pessimist, you think the glass is half empty. If you’re an optimist, you think the glass is half full. If you’re an engineer, you think that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
As we turn to the increased hustle and bustle of September and greater numbers of activities here in the church as well as in the community, it makes sense to take a moment and ponder if the world is getting better or worse and what we are doing, with the help of God, to make the world a better place.
I invite you to take a look at all this newsletter contains, from news about the beginning of Sunday School, to the coming hospitality events of Stagecoach Days and Fall Dinner, to invitations to join in activities you may not have had the time to join before.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Kick-Off Sunday, Sunday, September 10th. During worship we’ll have a Blessing of the Backpacks, Briefcases and Bags (anything you take with you to help you manage at school, at work, at home).
I look forward to seeing you on other Sundays as well as out in the community as we Build Bridges to Christ’s Love and remember that all will be well.
May you be encouraged about the state of the world, as well as seek to do your part to make the world a better place.
“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided—great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”