Even though we are all suffering under the sweltering heat of August and the previous summer months, August brings with it the excitement of new opportunities and change! That's the feeling that is aroused when you look at the August worship opportunities at St. Paul.On the first Sunday of August, we experienced a traditional worship service, with the blessing of Holy Communion. On August the 14th, we worship in a more contemporary style, with exciting changes in the liturgical part of the service. Some song favorites will be "Change My Heart, O God," "You Are My All In All," and a much loved favorite, "Sanctuary." For special music, we will be blessed as Matt Cohen offers his talents. Our sending music will provide a message of excitement as we sing "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High." All of this will give us new energy to meet the demands of a drought-stricken world that awaits us!As our kids and teachers begin a new school year, we want to support them in this endeavor. The highlight of August 21st worship will be the Blessing of the Students and Teachers. We invite all students and teachers to be with us for this special service. Other blessings include Holy Communion and music that lifts our spirits in praise such as "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God," "Every Move I Make (Waves of Mercy),"and "All Are Welcome." The Women's Chorus will present Offertory Music.Mason schools are now in session and on August 28th, St. Paul's Sunday School will celebrate Rally Day as we kick off a new Sunday School year. We are all offered numerous opportunities daily, but none more important than growing in our faith. On Rally Day, we will see, hear, and taste the excitement of God's Word...., just to clue you in, we will make dirt pudding as we see and hear the family dynamics of Joseph and his brothers. Following Sunday School, St. Paul's kids will study wisdom in Children's Church as we learn more about King Solomon. In St. Paul, Sherry Kusenberger will share her gifts in the offertory.One of the special things we are doing to educate ourselves muscially is to sing the same Gathering Song each week. In August, we have been blessed to have learned "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)." Another exciting opportunity for fellowship is the Family Movie Night offered at St. Paul. We had a great response in August. Keep your eyes and ears open for a Back-to-School event.Families and Church Families are very busy in August, but we hope everyone can put worship on your calendars that are filling up! If you don't have a place of worship, come join us and experience the blessing and wisdom that comes from worship.