This weekend marks the “un” official start of the summer season for most Albertans. The May Long weekend brings with it the anticipation of warm days and long evenings outside. Summer is such an exciting time as people wake from their hibernation and venture outside to walk their dogs, go for a bike ride or play that frustrating game known as golf. As a family, we enjoy being in the water at the lake and campfires in the evening. Smores galore!
However, there is a dark underbelly of summer that we as pastors face. We don’t see certain people for a few months. Weekend getaways, time spent on vacation, and family reunions land on Sundays. I understand. We juggle the same kind of schedule in our family. But this year, I want to urge you to make a few choices that will help you better stay connected with God and one another. I know it will be one step towards your best summer ever!
In Hebrews 10:25 we are urged, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” You may not get the opportunity to attend on a Sunday morning for a few weeks, but that does not mean that you have to be right out of the loop!
The church is people, not a building. Everywhere God’s people are, that is where the church is. So, you can have church on your back deck, on the patio of your favourite restaurant or coffee shop, or on your favourite walking trail. If you are not in the groove of doing so, make sure to invite people over to your home or out with you to enjoy the summer together. And when you do, make sure to pray together, and encourage one another. You can be a difference maker by offering a hamburger and a hug!
All of our Sunday messages are online. Simply click on www.np.church/resources to watch the latest sermon or www.np.church/podcast to listen to the podcast. This is a great way to feel close to what is happening at North Pointe even though you may be far away. Being on the same page in what we are learning together and what God is challenging us to be as a church is important all year round, including summer!
Pack your Bible
All too often in the summer months, people go away and their routine goes out the door with them. This includes their relationship with God. Days turn into weeks without reading the Bible or having a consistent time of prayer. It is no wonder to me that we often feel more tired at the end of summer than we did at the beginning! God tells us in Isaiah 40:31 that “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength…” It is our time spent with God that refreshes us, far more than our time spent on the beach. But you can do both! Get a tan, and spend time with Jesus!
I hope to see you at some point this summer, and I will be praying that your vacation time is very restful. Just don’t forget to practice hospitality, join us online, and keep reading your Bible!