Happy New Year! I know that September is not the beginning of the year. However, it has always felt like the beginning of a new year. I have never understood why our new year begins in the middle of the winter. It doesn’t feel like a natural time for the new year begin. There are many cultures that celebrate the beginning of the new year at different times of the year. Most people are familiar with nations that celebrate the Chinese New Year, which is usually in February. The Balinese and Javanese cultures celebrate new year in March. The Iranian new year is in March too. A number of cultures celebrate the new year in April. Hindu, Sikhs, and Jains celebrate their new year in October, and The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and the Islamic New Year, Ra's asSanah al-Hijrīyah, are in September or October, depending on how the calendar falls.
I think that the New Year should be in September. After all, that is when the new school year starts, the church’s program year begins, and organizations gear up after a summer break. After the more relaxed pace of summer, our lives begin to get busier in the fall. I am told by people that this is true, even for those who no longer have children in school. September really is a new beginning. Just like any new beginning, September is an opportunity for a fresh start, and a chance to start new habits. If you have fallen out of the habit of going to worship regularly, then September is a good time to restart. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this fall is a great time to start up again. If you have participated in mission opportunities lately, this is a new chance to do it.
I am excited about all the opportunities that we have this fall. I hope you will join me and we continue to work together to build God’s Kingdom, in our area and beyond.
Happy New Year!