“A New Circle”

This will be on the back page of the Fishkill United Methodist Church bulletin for this coming Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Christ the King Sunday (Year B).

It was the Preacher who wrote in Ecclesiastes that there is a season for everything and a time for every purpose.

One of the first things humankind noted was the changing of the seasons, of life, growth, maturation, death, and then a repetition of the cycle.  It is a circle that, as the song goes, that remains unbroken.

Today is the end of the church’s liturgical year; tomorrow we begin a new one with the beginning of Advent and the preparation for the coming of Jesus.  So, we celebrate the end of one year in the church and the beginning of a new one, of the completion of one cycle in the church life and the beginning of a new cycle.

But there are times when we must step away from the circle.  It has been fun and challenging to find ways to express the thoughts of the scriptures while being constrained to a 4 ½” x 6 ½” space but the time has come to step away, to rest and recharge.

With this new cycle, I will be taking a sabbatical, allowing others to contribute and allow Pastor Micah to explore other ways to use this space.

I will continue to write in areas of faith and science and I will continue to sing in the choir.  I hope that in this coming year, you will find ways to help others through this cycle of life.

~~ in peace and with Christ, Tony Mitchell

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