This Week at First Church
This is the first Sunday in it feels like forever when we are not blessing, commissioning, baptizing, instituting, setting aloft, or otherwise celebrating some big great thing/people. In the liturgical year, we are getting deep into what is known as Ordinary Time. It is exactly what it sounds like--not Lent, not Easter, not Pentecost, not Advent, not Epiphany--just, ordinary time. A chance to be rather than to do. A chance to enjoy what is daily and doesn't stand apart. God knows we need it, and the church fathers and mothers were smart enough to hallow it into the Church's year.
I'll be preaching, the second in a mild-mannered sermon series I like to call Summer Reading, because, guess what, I like to read in the summer. I'm preaching on the runaway bestseller among young adult fiction, The Hunger Games, and on a very strange, disturbing and illuminating story from Chapters 6 and 7 of the book of 2 Kings (read it!). Matthew Miller is our able liturgist. Jeff will teach our littles and join us for the offering and benediction. Mike Rodehorst sings! We won't have a baptism, or communion, or any extra liturgy whatsover. Just you and me and God, and the easy way we have of being with one another, and likely a couple of newbies shopping us. YES!
In the meantime, some homework: go have some ordinary time of your own. Can you quit work early? Hop on your bike? Not have a mountaintop experience, but rather, a park bench or a hammock experience?
Bless you, and may you be a blessing to someone who needs it~
Sunday July 8: Sabbath Worship: Totally ordinarily wonderful music and preaching and religious education for littles, 10am
Wednesday July 11: Molly's office hours, Diesel Cafe, 8:30-10am
Thursday July 12: Jeff's office hours, Diesel Cafe, 8:30-10am
Sunday July 15: Sabbath Worship: Summer Book Series, The Life of Pi, Rev. Jeff preaching, 10am
All Week Long: Small Groups getting aloft!