In Luke 12:54, Jesus says, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.

In Allston, when we see U-Hauls and moving trucks everywhere, and the curbs are piled with sofas, chairs, shelves, and other unwanted items, we know that the summer has ended, and another academic year is about to begin.

It’s an exciting time for the thousands of young folks who come to Boston to pursue their educational goals. This year, we are hoping for the opportunity to play at least a small part in the lives of some of these folks who are moving into our neighborhood.

This year, we are observing September 15th as “Back to Church Sunday”. Our sign in front of the church is an invitation for folks to come inside on Sunday and check us out.

One of the challenges for us in Allston is the transient population. Many old-timers have moved out, and the folks who now live here are often here for only a short time. Our hope is to become a kind of touchstone for these individuals at this critical time in their lives.

The start of a new school year also reminds us of how swiftly the calendar year is drawing to a close. Trees just fifteen miles west of Boston have already started to show their Fall colors. The days are shorter, night comes sooner, and we know that the cold weather will soon be upon us.

We give thanks to God for our fellowship with one another, and for the opportunities given us to welcome new folks into our midst. Through the passing seasons, we know that God in Christ is always with us.