September. It ’s just a word representing a month of the year. And yet, the word, September strikes chords of emotion in the hearts of children and parents and educators that can only be compared to a holiday or a change of seasons. September represents a specific time element in our culture when school starts.
What’s more, September brings a significant change to the community as days gradually become shorter, evenings become cooler, and we begin to look for the leaves on the trees to blush and reveal that a seasonal change – the Autumnal Equinox – is soon to appear.
September is also when churches typically begin new ministries, spiritual formation and Sunday school classes. As a child, I can remember our church would celebrate “rally” Sundays and have curriculum fairs, advertise cool new Bible studies, and gear up for a new year of confirmation.
This September, our leadership team at Hilltop is preparing for a new year of opportunities engaged in ministry, and on September 9 our Sunday school and children’s church will kick off as well. I encourage each of us to find a place within the body of Christ where we may grow closer to Him, even if it’s attending the adult class following worship, the Lord is glorified when his people seek him with all their hearts. In Matthew 18:20 Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name I am there among them.” We are never too young or too old to learn. What better subject to study than God’s Word?
The Apostle Paul taught his protégé, Timothy: “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed . . . .” But I really like the way the New Living Translation by Tyndale House Publishers states it – “Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” This year, our adult Sunday school will follow the fellowship coffee after worship and we’ll dive deeper into the Scripture which prompted our message. The discussion should be excellent and the opportunity for taking a bigger bite out of God’s Word will nourish our souls.
September can be a new beginning for all of us, not just a word that represents a month of the year. Let’s commit to learning God’s Word together this September. The Lord is sure to be pleased!