The Shine of Silver Linings

The Shine of Silver Linings

We are slowly entering that time of year again. That time of year when slowly but surely the days grow a bit colder, where all around us we are reminded of the change of seasons, and that time of year when bit by bit the days begin to grow shorter. Now even though this happens every year like clockwork, it doesn’t make me any happier about it. Each year I feel like I have to go through this adjustment period to prepare myself for the inevitable changes even though I knew they were coming. You see that’s the challenge of darkness it takes some adjustment. When you walk into a dark room your eyes take time to adjust to the lack of light. You might feel around for a light switch but often if you wait a short time, your eyes will adjust to the darkness around you and reveal that there is in fact enough light to see. 

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~SHELTER~WARMTH~HEALTH~

Our thanks and appreciation go out to Marilyn Kronenberger and Carol Kania for a job well done on delivering the cartons of quilts and health kits. They were delivered to Middletown as it is the central pick-up point for Lutheran World Relief. Pounds and pounds of material first need to be cut and matched together, sewed and pinned, tackled and then sewed again to be finished as a quilt. We also put together health kits that need to be assembled containing wash cloths, hand towels, soap, comb, file, clippers and bandaids. They are banded together in a bundle for packing. Boxes are then packed, taped, weighed, labeled and brought to Middletown. All of it is a big job but for a worthwhile cause. The quilts and health kits are desperately needed. People that have been through tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and more use the quilts for a tent for shelter or warmth to sleep under or for carrying their meager belongings. The need for the health kits speak for itself. Once again, we invite you to join us or donate. This is a very worthwhile area of service to participate in.

WELCA

The Triduum and the Great Vigil of Easter

The Triduum and the Great Vigil of Easter

When you go to a church with a traditional liturgy like ours, there are a lot of unique words and phrases that you might hear used to describe the different parts of a  worship service, the different objects used during worship, or even the different parts of the church. If you hear the word “gathering” you might know this to mean the first part of the worship service which normally includes a hymn, a greeting and a prayer. If you hear the word “chasuble” you might know that this is the garment that the pastor wears during worship that looks a bit like a poncho. And if you hear the word “narthex” you might know that this is what Lutherans call a lobby, and not a Dr. Seuss character that speaks for the trees. Now I’d like to introduce you to two new words that you might not know, “Triduum” and “Vigil”.

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Beyond Questions

Beyond Questions

We’ve reached that time of year again. That time of the church year when we gather together in a space adorned with purple, where we hear words spoken about sin and repentance, when we have the symbol of the cross traced on our forehead in ashes and hear the words “you are dust, and to dust you will return.” That time I am describing is the season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday, the first Wednesday of March. 

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