As we come to the end of another church year and summer’s long days are greeting us with warm sunsets, my mind has begun to drift to Sabbath time. Summer holidays will draw us away from All Saints’ for a short time as we visit friends, family and take a well-deserved break in our busy lives.
It is my prayer that this time of Sabbath will be rejuvenating for each and every one of you. I pray you will find rest and make time for God in your summer breaks. It is not just enough to rest and take a break from our many activities, but we must also reconnect and spend time with God in quiet and contemplative ways: a long walk on the beach or in the woods, watching the sun set on God’s creation or simply some time with the scriptures as we sip our coffee or tea in the early morning.
I would also encourage each parishioner, if they have not done so already, to sign up to Pre-Authorize Givings. During the summer months while many are away, the bills, unfortunately, do not take a summer break. To meet our budget and maintain good cash flow requires us to give yes, but also to give steadily each month. That is the reason I chose to sign up immediately to Pre-Authorized Givings. So that, while I am away on my own vacation enjoying the sunset on Lake Huron, I know that I continue to help and enable ministry at All Saints’.
Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.
Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.
Lord God, We put ourselves into Your hands, and pray that You will bless us and our families during the
wonderful months of summer. May we all help make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love,
peace and safety. May we be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves, but helping others enjoy the blessings of summertime. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Rev Pastor Marty Levesque