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Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Thank You

Many thanks to all those who helped with our Kirkin’ O the Tartans Service and Meal:

For all who helped in the kitchen and the long hours of Jim McInnes and Sandy Geary for feeding almost 100 people a full course meal.

Thanks to Sue and Pete Joiner for our great salad and all who prepared Trifle desserts.

For the Worship Team that provided the leadership of worship and liturgy for the morning, including Anne Tauber’s and Kathy Maps’ coordination.

For Linda Keenum and Geneese Gottschalk’s contribution of flowers.

For Kristin Green’s hard work on all the worship components.

For the saints who have gone before on the Taste of Scotland committee and in the church. How fortunate we are to have the tradition of embracing our Scottish heritage.

 Tree of Light Series

 

With thanks to our liturgical arts team, we will be displaying the Tree of Light Banner in June and July. Anne Tauber got us started and Kathy Maps encouraged us with her sketches. Neal Keenum has framed the banner for us.

This season of the year is called ordinary time* and the color highlighted in these services is green. The Worship and Music Team decided to do something with the green of our mountains. Therefore. we made the Tree of Light Banner and the Tree of Light Series.

The sermon series began with the initiation of the banner and a focus on trees. It will be followed by rocks, streams, earth and sky, (not necessarily in that order.) Each sermon is crafted in appreciation for these natural elements around us, but inspired by the stories and saints of Scripture who are our roots, our rocks, our refreshing streams our open skies.

*Ordinary Time

While the word “ordinary” in popular usage describe things that are nondescript or dull, “ordinary” rather means “customary, regular, and orderly. ”Ordinary Time may also be called “Ordinal Time,” which means “numbered time.” “Ordinal” comes from the Latin “ordinalis,” which is a word meaning “showing order, or denoting an order of succession.” Hence, Ordinary Time is the standard, orderly, counted time outside of the other liturgical seasons. There is nothing “dull” about Ordinary Time! Ordinary time is also the longest liturgical season.

Ordinary Time is technically one liturgical season, though it is divided into two periods: “the Season after Epiphany” and “the Season after Pentecost.”

As poet W. H. Auden laments, in his work, "The Time Being" — the ordinary time between festivals — is "the most trying time of all." In ordinary time, we labor on, but God also continues to work out his saving grace amidst us. In ordinary time, we encounter the hard things of life that are often not allowed, but in this time, the Spirit can help us with prayer or ”sighs too deep for words.”