This year, there’s no danger of forgetting to change our clocks for Daylight savings and arriving at church late…
Daylight savings began in many places around the world during World War I, and operated nationally in Australia from January to March 1917. During World War II it was reintroduced for three summers - beginning in January 1942.
Daylight savings was reintroduced in New South Wales in October 1971 by the state government – and was confirmed by a referendum held in 1976 with more than two-thirds of voters in favour.
Changing our clocks twice a year – “spring forward, fall back” can remind us of the writer of Ecclesiastes teaching that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
The writer tells us there is a time for many things – plant and uproot, tear down and build, weep and laugh, love and hate and so on. These are the things that make up our lives. The activities under heaven are the things of life: Everyone is born, it’s fair to say that everyone is going to die, and a whole lot of stuff happens in between. Weeping and laughing, silence and talking, love and hate, good and bad, highs and lows, triumphs and tragedy, hope and despair.
But amongst all these things, there is never a time to do nothing. Particularly in this year of Covid, we remember fondly how things used to be. The ‘good old days’ when churches were packed on Sunday mornings…
We might long for the past, but we should always be hoping for the future. Indeed, we should be looking to the future, and working to the future, with our hope in Jesus.
So I wonder – what time is it for Carlingford Uniting Church? What time is it for each one of us?