Highrock MetroWest News!

Sep 30, 2021

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Turn, Turn, Turn! ("There is a Season...")

 

From Pastor George (Pastor Ryan is on vacation for a few days),

Dear MetroWest Highrockers,

I am intrigued by New England's four seasons. Every twelve weeks a new one comes, almost like clockwork. We’ve passed from summer and are now embracing the dropping temperatures and crisp air of autumn. And, moving from season to season, clothes change, tools change (e.g. the leaf rakes come out!), and our orientation to life also seems to shift. But these changes are balanced with anchors in the familiar. After all, the same four seasons occur each year. There is both change and permanence in regard to the seasons.

In The Screw Tape Letters by C.S. Lewis, the chief devil instructs his intern demon about such things. He wrote,

He (The Enemy who is God) has balanced the love of change in (people) by a love of permanence. He has contrived to gratify both tastes together in the very world He has made, by that union of change and permanence which we call Rhythm. He gives them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an immemorial theme.

God satisfies our need for change and our need for permanence both, and this is reflected in the seasons.

Sometimes, God brings a storm into our lives like the one that nearly toppled Jonah’s little boat – a storm that gives way to a calm of new life and awareness. And sometimes God brings a stretch of serenity -- days to re-create our souls and strengthen our resolve.

Whichever season of the soul you are in, know that the Lord journeys with you to challenge you in your comfort, or to soothe your windburn spirit. The endgame: to deepen you in God’s love and fortify your spiritual muscle.

To God be the glory!

 

NEWS of the Church

SAVE THE DATE!

We are working on getting group tickets to a film about the life of C.S. Lewis entitled The Most Reluctant Convert. The date is November 3 at 7 pm. MORE TO COME!

Fireside Chat with Pastor Dave Swaim

You are invited to a Fireside Chat with Dave on Sunday, October 17, 8-9 pm, via Zoom. Pull up a chair from the comfort of your own home and tune in for a fireside chat with our Senior Pastor. 

Asian American Theology Lab!

I am eagerly awaiting the start on Sunday evening (Oct. 3) of the Asian American Theology Lab. Learn more here and how to register for it. 

Worship Time Poll

The results of the worship time poll have been delivered to the Campus Lead Team with recommendations. We will report back to you on any changes next week.

For Families

Kidsrock continues to be held for grades K-5 during the 9 am worship hour at the MetroWest campus. We will open it up to nursery and pre-school age children when COVID cases are reduced and more children are vaccinated. Autumn Middle School and High School youth programs are underway! Read more at those links.

Study and Small Groups at Highrock

Last week, we launched new opportunities for study and small groups. Read more here.

SoulCare and Pastoral Care

For those wanting to go deeper in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, we encourage you to look into the work of our guides and the work of the SoulCare ministry.

Worship at Highrock MetroWest

The MetroWest campus is open for worship at 9 am every Sunday following these COVID protocols. If you are not yet ready for in-person worship, we offer Highrock Online as a great way to worship from your home.

"God in Five Minutes!" 

A five-minute weekly podcast based on the last sermon preached.

It's Greek to Me! 

Biblical exegesis in a two minute read by Pastor George (Note: this link takes the reader to a non-Highrock website)