“Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, 
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above 
join with all nature in manifold witness 
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.”  
                           (Great Is Thy Faithfulness, UMH #140)

As I write this, we are still in the summer season. We have been having some beautiful, warm days, but a change is taking place as well.  The days are not as long as they were at the start of the season. It is getting darker earlier and it is cooler at night.  The light in general is changing and the sights and sounds around us are pointing to the approaching new season.  This is one of the things I enjoy about living in New England, just at about the time I am less excited about the gifts of one season, a distinct new season is right around the corner with its own gifts to offer. 

I am grateful God is faithful in every season of our lives.  We have witnessed God’s faithfulness this summer in many ways; through the glorious weather we’ve enjoyed, through the fun activities of the summer months, through being brought safely through an unusual storm, through the many summer activities of our congregation and through the start of a new chapter within this community of faith. 

Another special event we will be having on Rally Day will be to gather outside after worship to plant a tree together.  There are a number of reasons why we thought this act would be appropriate.  First, one of the more memorable moments of this past summer was our experience of tornados here on the Cape.  God brought us safely through this experience, but a great deal of damage was done to a number of trees all around us.

Another special event we will be having on Rally Day will be to gather outside after worship to plant a tree together.  There are a number of reasons why we thought this act would be appropriate.  First, one of the more memorable moments of this past summer was our experience of tornados here on the Cape.  God brought us safely through this experience, but a great deal of damage was done to a number of trees all around us.

Planting a tree is a sign that we seek to do our part in restoring and caring for God’s creation around us.  In addition, planting a tree or bush is often something people do when they start a new journey together.  As we enjoy watching this tree grow, we will also watch how, through God’s grace and love, we will also grow as a community of faith in the days ahead.  

Plans are underway at SYUMC to get ready for a new season in the life of our congregation as well.  We will formally mark the start of this season on Sunday, September 8 with  our Rally  Day.   On this Sunday, the congregation will gather together again as one body.  The beach services during this summer have been wonderful, but it will also be nice for us to all gather under one roof for worship once again.  The choir will be back with us to begin a new season of music ministry and our church school program for children and youth will formally be starting up again as well. 

Trees also play a prominent role in the Bible, literally from beginning to end; from the tree of life God planted in the midst of the Garden of Eden in Genesis, to the tree of life on the side of the river that flows through in the holy city in the Book of Revelation.  

Finally, we are a people of hope, who believe in God’s faithfulness at all times and in all seasons.  Planting a tree is one concrete way we can express our commitment to the future to which God is calling us.  

So, I hope to see many people out for worship together on Sunday, September 8.  Come, celebrate God’s faithfulness and watch us grow!

God Bless,

Pastor John