From Pastor Barry Hildebrandt
Even though we are headed back into the school year and also moving toward the changing of seasons, the Church Year (liturgically speaking) will continue to move forward through the Pentecost Season until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This is the time when liturgical denominations (Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, and Lutheran) focus on the work of the Holy Spirit in nourishing and strengthening the Christian Church as the Body of Christ. The color of the altar paraments and vestments for this particular season is green, since it is to visually symbolize and emphasize the continuing growth and maturity in the faith of congregational members.
Certainly the Lord wants us to learn from our continuing Bible Study, our weekly worship attendance, and our regular reception of our Savior’s body and blood in the Eucharist, as we grow stronger in our faith. We also need the fellowship and support of our sisters and brothers in the faith, as we encourage and pray for one another. Therefore, as the writer to the Hebrews reminds us: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25).
We’ll see you this coming Saturday or Sunday!
~ Pastor Hildebrandt