I hope this letter finds you well as our long and hot Texas summer begins to wind down. I trust that these days allowed for times of rest, reflection and renewal. As fall approaches, it is natural to feel the increased pressures of busy calendars and “to do” lists crowding in on us. In all of this busyness, however, I encourage you to intentionally ask: “Am I busy with the right things?” We should not allow our schedules to drown out our spiritual growth and commitment to follow Jesus wherever we live, work and play.
Accordingly, our fall sermon series is titled “Encounter” and that is what I am hoping this fall holds for each of us. The fifth chapter of Mark describes a day when one town encounters Jesus in incredibly powerful ways. People discover their dignity, worth and the magnificent power of the almighty God that is in their midst. What these fragile locals hold in common is that the place of “encounter” resides in their incompleteness, loss and need. It is here that the Savior comes to minister, redeem and heal. While many of us desire to hide our pain and loss from others, this passage invites us to journey together in the belief that God will encounter us and revive us again! May we journey forward this fall seeking to encounter the person of Jesus in each of our own stories.
I am also excited to let you know that we will launch a brand new Covenant website later this fall. This site will become the central hub for all news, events and stories about what God is doing in and through the Covenant community. To consolidate our communication efforts, this is the final printed copy of the Cornerstone. We believe that this change will enhance our ability to describe how God is on the move. The new, improved digital format will enable us to provide more stories and more timely content as we move forward.
Friends, this fall promises to be a wondrous time as we can encounter Jesus both individually and as a community. I look forward to being on the journey with each and every one of you!