Rally Day, September 7, is a day of re-gathering, re-covenanting,

and renewal. The summer is over, school has begun, and it’s time

for us to return to Sunday School and worship. We will gather in the

sanctuary at 9:15 for a rousing opening and then dismiss to our

classes to reunite with our old friends and make new ones.

I am so excited to start this new year of faith formation using our

new curriculum, “Shine.” God’s light shines in the darkness of our

world and we are a reflection of God’s light. God calls us to shine

our light on others. The light transforms us so we can bring healing

and hope to the world. One of the Biblical texts that have formed the

basis of this new curriculum is Isaiah 9:2, “The people who walked

in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in the land of

deep darkness – on them light has shined.” “Shine” encourages us to

let our light shine.

This reminds me of a story I once heard, to close each day’s activities

in summer and on holidays in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney

World a huge fireworks display lights up the sky. One night a

tourist noticed a small boy about three years old perched on his

father’s shoulder. The child sat mesmerized, aware only of what was

exploding in the heavens. When the fireworks were over, the little

boy looked up into the sky again and said, “Thank you, God.”

Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. We may not be as

explosive, noisy, or even as beautiful as Walt Disney World’s

fireworks, but when I look at the light we share, I say, “Thank you,

God.

Blessings, Pastor Susan