The first day of fall is upon us. The peaches and tomatoes of summer are making way for apples and even pumpkins in places. School schedules may or may not yet be settled in, but are getting there. As usual, change is all around us. Some of it is welcome, long anticipated – some not so much.

The political climate is cause for concern on many fronts, not just in this country, but around the world. Is it because technology makes us more aware these days, or is challenge and unrest escalating? Hard to know.

In the midst of all of this, the collect for this Sunday reminds us “not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly,” and “to hold fast to those that shall endure…” Easier saidthan done sometimes. For us at St Thomas this week, there is much to hold fast to, much that shall endure.

This Sunday afternoon we will gather as Church, as family and friends, neighbors and relations, as six of our young people are confirmed by Bishop Stokes. They have been diligent in study, prayer and service over the better part of this past year. They have shared ideas, beliefs, hopes and dreams, along with a fair amount of sweat equity, to come before Bishop Stokes and the whole congregation gathered to confirm the vows that were made on theirbehalf at their baptism. All present will be asked, “will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?” And we will respond, “WE WILL!”

What better way to hold fast to things heavenly than to support one another in our lives in Christ? Change is all around us, along with calamity and challenge – but what stands formforever is God’s abiding love.

Let us pray:

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+