Welcome to September and the fall programming at Hope Presbyterian Church. This Sunday is Rally Day. We have already started rallying with choir rehearsal this past Wednesday evening and the Collington Bible Study which resumed on Thursday. Speaking of choir, please remember that in addition to Wednesday evenings, the choir rehearses at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings. If you have been thinking about the choir, come to these rehearsals and sing!  You will be welcomed.
This Sunday the focus of our worship will be from Jeremiah 18:1-11 where God instructs Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house and observe. A friend of mine who once tried to work a potter’s wheel said that it was more difficult than she expected. “The clay seemed to have a mind of its own,” she said. Well, as human beings we do indeed have minds of our own so you can imagine the challenge God has with us sometimes in seeking to shape us and mold us into God’s righteous ways. 
Worship begins at 10:30 AM. Come at 9:30 AM for the Adult Forum and a discussion of the lectionary texts of the morning.
Following Time With Our Children this Sunday, those children ages two through Grade 5 will go to Sunday School. The elder for Christian Education, James Howard, has been busy recruiting teachers and preparing for this year’s Sunday School program. We will be commissioning our teachers during the worship service. We will also be commissioning Hope’s seminary intern, Andrew Davis. Yes, Andrew is also Hope’s Director of Music. Wesley Theological Seminary has granted him permission to do his practice in ministry at Hope so he will be serving in dual roles.
Wear you picnic clothes this Sunday, and join us after worship for the Church Picnic on the church grounds. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship that we look forward to each year. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. The main course and drinks will be provided.
It’s a great season of beginnings. Look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Teach me your way, O Lord, in my life and in my church,
Show me what you have planned, and enlighten my heart with gladness at the calling you place before me.
Thank you for those who have answered your call to teach and serve you in discipleship. May we awaken with each new day with the words, “May Jesus Christ be praised.” Amen!
Pastor Dottie