The “Halls” Are Alive…

It’s hard to believe that in just a few days, the hallways of our community schools will once again be filled with the sights and sounds of students and teachers settling in to another school year. For some, the start of school comes with feelings of dread. But for many, including those who may groan on the outside, there is something special about getting back to school.

Old friendships will be rekindled and new friendships will be formed. New opportunities for growth and learning will be presented. Bonds will be formed between students and teachers. And many will shift to a more structured rhythm to the day as school takes the place of the free time of summer vacation. Teachers are already preparing to receive their new students. As the husband of one who taught for 20 years, I know how busy this time of year is. I also know how exciting it is. Everything resets and everyone gets a fresh start.

Our church family will be praying for the students, teachers, faculty, and administration of our area schools. We will also embark on a prayer walk immediately following worship on Sunday, August 13. We hope to have at least one family at every campus of the WFISD, gathering at the flag pole, front steps, or school sign to lift up that school in prayer. We want to demonstrate to our community that we love and care about our educators and the ones they serve. I hope you will plan to participate in this initiative of sharing God’s love with our friends in the community.

Also, as you will read in this newsletter, I will start a new worship series on August 20 entitled, “What Would God Tweet.” This is not a series of sermons designed to compare and contrast what God might tweet with how anyone else might engage people through Twitter or other social media. This will be a series of sermons from some of the most well-known and beloved passages of Scripture. We will examine these verses for how meaningful they are to us and also what they mean in their broader context. This will be a great series to invite a friend to experience, especially friends who may not have a deep relationship with a church or knowledge of the Bible.

These are exciting times. As a new school year begins, we often find ourselves more connected to our community and certainly more available for Sunday worship. I hope this is the case with you and I hope you will plan to be in worship as often as you are in town and physically able. It’s always good to see God’s House full! I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we share God’s love together.

With love, and joy, serving as your pastor-

John McLarty