Sunday’s Scripture ~ Luke 22:35-38.
The Tuskawilla UMC paraments – the cloths on the altar and the pulpit – are now green signifying we are in a period of “ordinary time” in the church year. (Ordinary Time technically started the first Sunday after Pentecost back in May…but the red or Pentecost paraments are my favorite and I like to enjoy them for more than just one Sunday.)
The Ordinary Time that follows after Pentecost is known as Kingdomtide. This period continues until the Season of Advent begins. During Ordinary Time we study Scripture texts that encourage us to mature in our daily expressions of faith so that we become more holy and whole persons.
To seal our Ordinary Time intention – to mature in our daily expressions of faith so that we become more holy and whole persons – I offer this blessing from one of my mentors and colleagues, Rev. Jan Richardson.
“Blessing the Ordinary”
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons
(Orlando: Wanton Gospeller Press, 2015)
Let these words lay themselves like a blessing upon your heard, your shoulders,
as if like hands they could pass on to you what you most need for this day,
as if they could anoint you not merely for the path ahead
but for this ordinary moment that opens itself to you –
opens itself like another hand that unfurls itself, that reaches out to gather these words in the bowl of its palm.
You may think this blessing lives within these words,
but I tell you it lives in the opening and in the reaching;
it lives in the ache where this blessing begins;
it lives in the hollow made by the place where the hands of this blessing meet.
See you in worship on Sunday, friends! May sweet blessings be upon you and bring our hands to meeting throughout this Ordinary Time.