This Saturday marks the first day of fall.

We in the Northern Hemisphere call it the autumnal equinox. It’s the position in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun when our planet’s axis is tilted “alongside” the Sun, rather than tilted toward it (summer) or away from it (winter).

This “tilted alongside” position means the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are split evenly between light and dark, making the hours of day and night nearly equal (hence “equinox”).

In the Southern Hemisphere, Saturday marks the vernal equinox, the first day of spring.

I’m reminded of a verse from the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness,”

Summer and winter, spring-time and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning, new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Whichever way you’re tilting these days – toward, away, or alongside – may God’s faithfulness, mercy, and love continue to sustain you, with “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”


What is a favorite food, tradition, or activity you look forward to this fall?


-Written by Rev. Ann Palmerton

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  1. Linda Van Meter September 20, 2023 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I look forward to pumpkin pie and candy corn. I love making spaghetti and meat balls as the weather changes! Now I want pumpkin pie!

  2. Lora September 20, 2023 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Ray’s Grandmother’s stew. Don’t think I made it last yr. Bet I won’t get off that easy this yr🥰

  3. Betty Brown September 20, 2023 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I look forward to sitting in front of our outdoor fireplace . Love the smell of firewood. Also enjoying rice dumpling soup and butternut squash soup.

  4. Chris Johnson September 20, 2023 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    … the coolness of the morning when we take our trusty lab, Willa, out for her constitution… the final garden ‘gifts’ … the way the sunlight changes and softens… Autumn is a time to take stock.

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