JUNE 11, 2009
Church Family and Friends,

Happy Summer 2009!

We now begin the season called "Ordinary Time".  It begins the day after Pentecost, (the day the apostles received the Holy Sprirt and becomes the birth of the Christian church, which was May 31, 2009 this year), and ends the day before the First Sunday of Advent.  It may include twenty-three to twenty-eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter, but the first Sunday is always Trinity Sunday, and the last Sunday is always the Sunday of the Reign of Christ or Christ the King.  The season also includes All Saints and Thanksgiving.

The scripture lessons in the lectionary for this half of the year go in a semi-continuous cycle through the books of the Bible rather than follow a theme.  The gospel lessons cover Jesus' teaching ministry and tend to center on the theme of the kingdom and the reign of God.

Paraments (scarves), stoles, and banners may show a variety of color, texture, and symbols.  Regardless of the name given to this season, its basic color is green, symbolizing growth in Christ.   White is the customary color for Trinity Sunday, All Saints and Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday.  Red is appropriate for homecomings, anniversaries, evangelistic services, consecrations, and civil holidays.  The scripture readings or theme for a particular Sunday may sugggest colors, textures, or symbols for the visuals used that day.  A lesson on children, for example, might suggest using art by children. 

Acts of worship are chosen more because they relate to the scripture readings or theme of the particular day than because they fit the season as a whole.  So here is our lesson on the season of the church that we are in for the next few months.  Enjoy!

Adapted from the United Methodist Book of Worship.

Have a blessed Summer and I will see you in church! 

Kim


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