One of the hymns we will be singing this coming Sunday is “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Coincidentally, June 17 is also the birthday of the hymn’s lyricist, James Weldon Johnson. I have been seeing this name for years, but I didn’t know anything about the man until today. Here is a very abbreviated list of his accomplishments: Songwriting collaboration with his brother J. Rosamund Johnson (including success on Broadway), author and poet, United States Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, professor, lawyer, supporter of the arts. He even had a U.S. Postage stamp issued in his honor.
I’m sure we are all looking ahead to Grandma’s marathon on the 16th. Here is a reminder that you can do your carb loading right here in Two Harbors the night before, at the Third Friday Community Supper. 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This month’s Menu: Marathon Special Spaghetti with Meatballs, “Olive Garden” salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Beverage.
United Church Fellowship Hall, 531 3rd Ave., Two Harbors
No cost and everyone is welcome!
The Season After Pentecost is also called Ordinary Time or Kingdomtide, the period in the Christian calendar extending from the day after Pentecost Sunday to the first Sunday in Advent. By tradition, the Sundays after Pentecost are numbered. The first Sunday after Pentecost is Trinity Sunday, for which the liturgical color is white. The last Sunday for this period is Christ the King Sunday, for which the color is also white. The color for the rest of the Season After Pentecost is green. This season focuses on the significance of the church as a sign of God’s continuing presence and activity in the world.
So, why is it called Ordinary Time? Is it because there isn’t much happening in the church at this time of year?
No, the word Ordinary in this context probably comes from the word ordinal, meaning numbered, since the Sundays in the Season After Pentecost are numbered. It certainly doesn’t mean that there is nothing special about this particular church season.
No, this is a season when, free from the peak moments and attendant hustle of the major church holidays, we can truly put our faith to work, when we can celebrate our relationship with Christ by living it fully in the here and now. When you think about it, there is nothing ordinary about that!