Green Hill Good News, February 2022

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PASTOR’S CORNER – FEBRUARY 2022

One more month of Winter! February is our 2nd month of winter in these parts. One more month of dreary rainy days and Canadian Highs with the colder temps on our way to March and early Springtime!

We continue in the Season of Epiphany leading toward Ash Wednesday (3/2) and the Season of Lent.

But February 14th is Valentine’s Day, a day to lift our spirits with words of love and expressions of joy from our loved ones when we remember that day!

Let us give thanks!

David.

UPCOMING SPECIAL DAYS:

February 13 – Boy Scouts of America Sunday
February 27 – Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
March 2 – Ash Wednesday, 1st Day of Lent

FEBRUARY TRIVIA QUESTIONS: (answers on last page)

1. How many stories were in Noah’s Ark?
2. What government ruled over the Jews during Jesus’ time?
3. Upon what did Jesus say He was going to build His church?
4. In which New Testament book does Jesus go to heaven?
5. What does the shield of faith protect the Christian from?

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

The festivals and seasons of the Christian year (or liturgical calendar) offer a way to order the annual life of the church according to the life of Christ and the events of salvation history. The Revised Common Lectionary provides a set of Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments that is both organized around the Christian year and attentive to the broad themes and narratives of the biblical story.

The Directory for Worship elaborates:

As God created and appointed days, God created a rhythm of time and appointed seasons for worship. In the Old Testament, people observed seasons of fasting and feasting as occasions for festival worship of God. Jesus kept these festivals. For the Church in the New Testament, the festivals were transformed in meaning and purpose by Jesus’ life and teaching, his death and resurrection, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return give meaning to the seasons which order the annual rhythm of worship and guide the selection of lessons to be read and proclaimed in the life of the Church. (W-1.3013)

Through two millennia of Christian worship, a certain cycle of festivals and seasons has emerged and is now recognized and observed throughout the ecumenical church. Some of these events (Pentecost, Holy Week and Epiphany, e.g.) can be traced to the earliest centuries of Christian practice; others (Trinity Sunday and Christ the King, e.g.) developed later in the history of the church. The Directory for Worship provides a helpful outline of these festivals and seasons:

God’s work of redemption in Jesus Christ offers the Church a central pattern for ordering worship in relationship to significant occasions in the life of Jesus and of the people of God. (W-3.2002)

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 13, Green Hill will recognize BSA Sunday. BSA Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions the members of BSA make to their churches and their communities. All local BSA members are invited to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Green Hill is the Chartered Organization for: Cub Scout Pack 150, BSA Troop 150-B (Boy Troop), BSA Troop 150-G (Girl Troop), Venturing Crew 150.

FEBRUARY TRIVIA ANSWERS

  1. Three Stories (Genesis 6:16)
  2. Roman Government
  3. This Rock, Peter (Matthew 16:18)
  4. The Book of Acts (Acts 1:9)
  5. The flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16)
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