Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
Pentecost—the longest and final season of the church year calendar—will soon come to a close. Before we know it, we will mark the beginning of the church year with Advent (December 1). Since the Day of Pentecost (May 19), you and I have been invited through corporate worship as well as personal devotion to celebrate the birth of God’s Church by focusing on the teachings of Jesus and becoming better followers. Our worship space has been decorated with intense “green” paraments (fabric hangings on the altar, pulpit, and lectern) to remind us visually that we, like plants, need nourishment to live more fully into our Baptismal Covenants with God. Through the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and engagement of God’s Holy Word, we are bound to grow.
Every day of the church year, we are encouraged to slow down and be still enough to take advantage of or create opportunities to learn from the holy Scriptures. This we might do by reading from the Bible, listening more attentively during worship, exploring an online devotional, or attending one of the formation offerings of the parish. The holy Scriptures were written for individual consumption so that we may know more about the people of God who have gone before us. Written long ago by broken and sinful women and men with complicated stories, they inform how we today might write our own stories of faith (and doubt and faith and doubt and faith). Let us consume God’s Holy Word, get really full, and rest assured that life will only get better. Undoubtedly, we will grow in holy ways to equip us even more for the journey of life. If you want to talk with your clergy about your journey with God’s Holy Word and faith, please contact one of us.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector