"Tide"ings from Around the District

posted Aug 28, 2014, 8:48 AM by Web Ministry
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Back to School.  Those were three of my favorite words when I was growing up.  I loved the start of a new school year.  New clothes, new pencils, new folders, new notebooks, new books, new teachers, new friends and new opportunities to learn.  The possibilities seemed endless.  It was a fresh start, and a chance to do something new and different.

I still love this time of year.  It's more stressful now that Eric and I are the ones footing the bill for all of the new things.  But, it's also more rewarding, as I participate in helping the next generation develop a love for learning that hopefully will reach far beyond their school days.

Learning is something that doesn't end when we leave school behind.  I continue to be amazed at how I can read something in the Bible over and over again and can still learn something new about it.  God's love renews our spirits and revives our souls.  God gives us new life to allow us an opportunity to love one another anew.

One scripture I love is Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  Even God's mercy is new every morning!  Our God does great and new things and wants to do new things in our hearts and in our church.

What new things are you looking forward to this fall?  What would you like to learn about God, about Jesus, about yourself?  What might God be calling you to try that is new and different?

As we go back to school, activities at the church will be picking back up.  As you see the groups resuming their activities, I encourage you to think and pray about where God might be calling you to participate.  Learn more about Christ at Bible Study, come to choir practice, join a Sunday School class, eat breakfast with the United Methodist Men, enjoy a book study with Hannah's Helpers, fellowship and enjoy a good program with Shirley's Sisters, learn to do a do-si-do at square dance, or jam with one of the praise bands.

Wherever you serve, I pray that the school season finds you learning new things, and being renewed in Christ.

Peace,

Rev. Lisa Pridmore, Poplarville FUMC
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