Bishop Skip Adams Receiving Claire Desrochers
In The Episcopal Church, we strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner
There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time! The Season after Pentecost is often referred to as Ordinary time because it is the longest season of the Church calendar, roughly six months long, during which there are no big feasts days, no Church holidays with relatively few secular holidays. Because of this, there’s an old joke about Episcopalians being the only Christian tradition that allows for summers off. I disagree. This season, also known by some as the “long green season”, is meant to be a time for growing and transformation, just as we experience in nature throughout the summer and fall seasons.
Our Anglican tradition is steeped Benedictine spirituality. One of my favorite summations of Benedictine life is, “do ordinary things extraordinarily well”. Whatever you daily routine, whether it be caring for children, completing your tasks as work, taking care of yourself or doing for others, during this season mindfully enter into those activities as holy and spiritual acts, dedicated to God and the building of his Kingdom. Do them in a holy way; enter into them as prayer, a spiritual act.
Another Benedictine adage is “always we begin again.” Green time is growing time. This coming season of “ordinary time” promises to be anything but ordinary for St. Francis. We are working more collaboratively with the Diocese to partner in ministry efforts in West Ashley and searching for new ways supplement our financial needs. We will be expanding our outreach to The Crossings retirement community, in ways we hope will begin to embrace the entire neighborhood of to Carolina Bay Residential Community. The weekly attendance by Crossings community residents has doubled in the past 6 months, both for our Monday Evening Book Study and Thursday morning Eucharist. And we are blessed to see new faces almost weekly and have had several new members join since the beginning of 2019.
So as we enter this season of growth, I suggest you reflect on what has changed since our last long green season, which allows the coming months to be ones which produce learning, growth, sharing and increased conviction of purpose and mission. Reflect on the scripture reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:23-28
Blessed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well. Michael+
Holy Eucharist Service
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Road
Charleston, SC 29414