Green Means “Grow”

June 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

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We – the Church at large – have entered into Ordinary time.  Let’s be real, that sounds like the liturgical calendar just put on its lame-pants.  Not so fast, you.  The word “ordinary” here does not mean “average” or “usual.”  It simply means “not seasonal.”  And we know very well that our worship does not start and end with Advent and Easter.

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This “not seasonal” time is set aside for growth and preparation as we look forward with hope in the coming King.  The time begins right after Pentecost and takes us right into Advent.  The color that marks this “un-season” is green.  It is a color of hope and promise, of growth and life.  How fitting that we get to experience this un-season in the seasons of spring, summer, and fall!  Ah, I heart Michigan.

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So…what are we – Real Life Fellowship – going to do to join the rhythm of Ordinary time?  We’re going to walk through the Psalms.  Every last one of them.  None of us are experts on the Psalms and their use in Scripture, but that is why we are doing this.  To listen, to learn, to hear from God, and to hear from each other.  This doesn’t mean that the conversation on Sunday morning will revolve around a psalm.  It just means that at some point in the service, the psalm will be read.  It also means that the worship team has spent a significant amount of time in the psalm and it has shaped and informed our planning.  Psalm 1 will kick us off this Sunday.  Now comes the challenge: we will be committing each other to a Psalm a day.  Use the psalm of the day as your personal devotion, one to read to someone else, to share at the dinner table.  We will be encountering the confusing, the desperate, the questions…together.  Whether you are near, far, upside down, or inside out for the summer, there will be the rhythm of the Psalms to bind us together.

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God help us, he will grow us.

Love,
Chels

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