Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for June 2020
*Online Edition: Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.
Wow! Even as I type these words, I marvel at their meaning! We have come back after a month or more of worshiping in front of a computer—or cellphone—linking us together. I have had to preach and teach looking at myself in a cellphone rather than with your faces in front of me.
But we are a resilient group, we Green Hill folk! And we will survive and thrive. Fortunately, our advantage as a small church is that given our numbers we can safely keep distances and still fit in our Sanctuary! But, it is at the expense of hugs and even hand-shakes.
It is going to take time to return to whatever the new normal will be, but God is with us and we can depend on the Covenant relationship to see us through this time. I look forward to our Wednesday Night Bible Studies and Sunday Worship
See you soon!
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On the church’s website, http://www.GreenHillPC.com, you can see an interactive calendar of all church events, which includes a week, month, and agenda view, as well as the option to print. This calendar is always up-to-date with the latest information. If you have any questions about the calendar, or if you need to add an event to the calendar, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.
TIME AFTER PENTECOST
Following our service on Sunday, May 31, which is Pentecost Sunday, we will enter the season known as “Ordinary Time,” aka “Time after Pentecost.”
WHAT IS ORDINARY TIME?
Ordinary Time is the part of the liturgical calendar that falls outside the major seasons such as Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Ordinary time begins with the passing of the Day of Pentecost and continues until the First Sunday of Advent, and is the longest season of the church year.
The term ordinary may be derived from “ordinal,” which means “counted,” though this is disputed. It may simply mean ordinary. This isn’t necessarily negative. It’s simply the time of the year when we are not commemorating the major events in the life of Jesus—such as his birth, death, and resurrection—but rather the things he said and did throughout his time on earth.
Most of the days of our lives are ordinary, of course—no birth or death, no epiphanies or miracles, time filled with the ordinary love and hope and fear common to daily life.
The liturgical color of this season is green, which is why it is sometimes called “the green season.” Green often symbolizes growth. During this season, the church delves deeper into scripture and the life of Jesus. We read his parables and remember how he changed the lives of everyone he interacted with, in ways big and small. This is a time when we explore what it means to live daily in faith, a time of growth as we explore everyday sacredness.
-Excerpt from the Voices of Trinity blog