2018-2019 THEME: "God at Work"
“God at Work”….What an appropriate School and ECC theme for the next 18 months or so. We begin this school year with the excitement of the ground-breaking at the North Campus, watching the destruction and demolition of the 1984 wing of the school, and then being able to watch step by step as a new K-8 school building is erected. We are so excited that this is going to occur on our campus, beginning this fall.
“God at Work” seems to be a simple three-word statement, however, those words are so powerful and so truthful. God’s power is beyond us! We cannot even imagine or comprehend the power of God at work in our church, school, community, and personal lives.
The 3rd chapter of the book of Hebrews begins with “...fix your thoughts on Jesus…(v.1)…..” We are to give Jesus Christ the glory and fix our eyes and thoughts on Him. This exciting time of building is not happening because of anything we have done or deserve, but God has certainly blessed the process as He is at alive and “at work” here at St. Paul’s Church, School, and Early Childhood Center. Our Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) must remain our focus.
The author of the letter (by most scholars assumed to be Paul) is telling his readers (Christians – new believers – that were close to turning away from Christ) that Jesus is superior to all – even superior to Old Testament Moses (the leader of the house of Israel), who was a faithful servant in God’s house and God’s plans. Jesus has been found worthy of honor greater than Moses, just as a builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself (v. 3). No one is to give honor to the building (the house) no matter how large or grand it is. The honor goes to the builder of that house. Jesus has earned that position by completing the “work” God gave Him to do – earning forgiveness and eternal life by his work on the cross.
The short and simple theme, “God at Work”, was taken from Hebrews, chapter 3, specifically verse 4 which states, “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
We will soon witness bulldozers, cranes, concrete trucks, steel beams, and lots building materials coming together to form a new house (school), but the 2018-2019 theme is not about the physical building. It is about our relationship with our Lord and Savior that God has built. Each of us is part of God’s house and Christ has the honor of being the head of that house. We are “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20-21). We pray this year is beneficial for you and your children as we build onto and strengthen our knowledge and relationships with Jesus Christ through the lessons, friendships, and experiences of the new school year.
We will see God at work this year – through our students, teachers, staff, families, and even physical changes to our campus. We will see God at work through our congregation, our children’s ministries, boards and committees, and all who love and support the mission of our school. We will also see God at work as we erect a new school building, remember the past students, lessons, and physical classrooms, while preparing for a new future of telling the next generation of the love and work of Christ Jesus.
God’s power is beyond us! God is at work!