FROM YOUR RECTOR
Summer is just around the corner with the end of the academic year and the start of summer vacations. At this time of the year, churches go into “summer mode” with church-related summer activities. In addition to our regular worship schedule in June, we will be celebrating three major feast days in the life of the church.
Even though May 29 is officially the Feast Day of the Ascension, in which we remember how forty days after the Resurrection, Christ appeared to the disciples one last time and then ascended to the Father, we traditionally celebrate it on the following Sunday because our church is named in honor of the Ascension of our Lord. Therefore, we will be celebrating Ascension Day on Sunday, June 1st.
Then, the following Sunday, June 8th, we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, in which the followers of Christ, being empowered by the Holy Spirit, became the new and diverse family, the Body of Christ, the Church. Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As recorded in the Acts of the Apostles 2, the Apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them where the disciples received the “gift of tongues” the ability to speak in other languages and immediately began preaching about Jesus Christ, proclaiming Christ to the world, thus creating the Birth of the Christian Church.
The English call Pentecost "White Sunday" or "Whitsunday" in reference to the white clothing worn by those who were baptized that day. The liturgical color for the day is red, recalling the tongues of fire and the blood of martyrs. So, everyone is asked to wear something bright red to church. You also may dress casually because after church, we are all invited to our Parish Picnic at Judy Ratliff’s house, where we will share in food and fellowship, as well as outdoor activities.
On Sunday, June 15th, we celebrate Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day as we journey into the summer and the season after Pentecost which is also called “ordinary time,” in which we live out our Christian faith in our ordinary lives. Trinity Sunday centers on a doctrine of the church rather that an event. It celebrates the incomprehensible mystery of God being the Holy Trinity, the Truine God (three-in-one): the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
On Friday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m., the Vestry is inviting each and every member of our parish for a kick-off the summer dinner. The Vestry will be providing all the food and beverage. They hope that everyone will be able to attend.
May you all find rest, relaxation and fun as the summer unfolds.
In Christ's love,
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Once again, we will be partnering with the First Christian Church, the First Presbyterian Church, and Queen Street Christian Church for Vacation Bible School on July 13-17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church. The theme will be Imagine and Build with God. Our children will participate in various activities: story-telling, science experiments, crafts, recreation, and music. There will also be an adult study led by the various ministers of our churches. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cindy+. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved ecumenically with our larger Christian church family.