“Summer is a’comin’ in”
It almost seemed as though we had just a few days of spring before the heat set in; especially with snow on Easter and the next 2 Sundays! As I write this it is a lovely day, maybe warmer than it should be in mid-May, but I have certainly enjoyed the flowers in bloom and all the green!
This year June ushers in what the church calls “Ordinary Time”- no special season like Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter or Pentecost- but the “greening of the church”, the time for the church to grow in its life as the community of Jesus Christ. In our scripture readings, we may follow the gospel lessons of Jesus among the people, read through most of an epistle or take in a long section of the Hebrew Scriptures (this year, King David figures prominently). To attend to those readings week by week grows us in understanding and faith. That is what is meant to happen in Ordinary Time.
Summer is hardly “ordinary” in our experience. School is out, many people schedule vacation trips, and many of you make sure to get to homes by the lake as much as you can. We kick off our shoes figuratively, sometimes literally. For those of you who garden, there is a very busy time in weeding, harvest and canning of produce.
So what happens at church as we begin Ordinary Time. We continue to gather for worship, the children have camp and Vacation Bible School opportunities, there may be a fellowship event or two. We will grow in our work with the West End Hub project- learning how we can be part of the neighborhood around us. Look for times we will host the Mobile Farmer’s Market or serve lunch on weekdays at the Summer Café- Our neighbor on West End Ave., Greater New Life Ministries, is hosting the meal program.
At worship we will have “special music” from some of our own or our friends around town who will make our summer Sundays special with their gifts of song and inspiration.
So when you are in town this summer, make it a point to worship with us and take part in the activities. It may be “Ordinary Time” in the church year, but it is always an extra-ordinary time when we gather to worship our Savior Jesus Christ and pray for each other and the world around us.
-Pastor Ann Wasson