God loves fresh starts! He’s passionate about redeeming the lost, restoring the broken, renewing the weak, and reinvigorating His people to accomplish His purposes. That’s great news to remember all of the time, but especially this month as we begin a new season of school, work, and – most important of all – worship of God and ministry for God. Whatever challenges come our way, we know (as one of our worship songs reminds us) that God is with us, He is on our side, He will go before us, He will never leave us, He has open arms, He will never fail us.
Let’s celebrate that as we come together for worship on the first Sunday after the Labor Day holiday, September 9. That’s NMY (New Ministry Year) Day, the Sunday that we mark the beginning of our congregation’s new ministry year (September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013). Let’s begin this fresh year with a spirit of hope and anticipation by recalling to mind the greatness of God and His goodness toward us. Let’s sing and give thanks to Him, pray, and listen to His word together, humble our hearts before Him, and then go forward into this new year with optimism, hope, and Spirit-given energy for all that God will do in us, through us, and around us, both individually and collectively, as we walk with Him and serve Him.
NMY Day is also the time to focus on what’s freshly returning and freshly new at Northwest Hills this new ministry year. In our services that morning we’ll especially tell of some new ways that we in our congregation will be able to keep in touch with each other and support each other more this year. Out in the courtyard, many of our groups and ministry teams will be on display to tell about fresh opportunities to join with others in our Northwest Hills family for friendship, spiritual growth, and ministry. In the Student Ministries Center our middle school and high school students will launch their new seasons in special ways, and in Treasure Harbor our children, two years old through fourth grade, will move up to their new Sunday School classes and begin another fun-filled year of learning how to follow Jesus.
All of that makes for a Sunday that will set us on an upward course in this new year. Be with us and start fresh!
Posted on September 4, 2012