In 2017: June 11 – November 26
(Our Sunday School is a lesson time for children during the service from September through May. They participate in the opening of the service and a children’s message, go out for Sunday School during the readings and sermon, and return to join the community for Holy Communion.)
A reflection from Pastor Bonde
When I lived in Westland, Michigan, I was privileged to live in a small house several hundred feet back from the road, a dead-end dirt road that followed the edge of a nature preserve. Behind my house and along the side of my property were tall trees of a mature deciduous forest. On the forest floor the spring wildflowers burst forth early to capture the light before the canopy of leaves filled in. Then the dogwoods took their turn. The birds came and went with the seasons. Summer saw frogs aplenty, dragonflies, fireflies, and an occasional snake or possum or skunk or raccoon. More rarely a deer.The newspaper was delivered at the road to a box beneath my mailbox. Early each morning I would walk out in a brief little excursion into the quiet of the woods to fetch my paper. Each day was unique. I especially liked the crisp days of the fall – though I liked trudging through the snow, too. That brief little excursions always centered my day, reminding me of the beauty of the world, helping me hear the songs of the birds and see the beauty of the wildflowers. I tried to carry that peace with me into the busyness of the day.
Each Sunday is our walk out to get the paper. It is a pattern of life that centers us for the week. It reminds us of the beauty of the world and the love of God that surrounds us. It informs, shapes and challenges us, too, but above all it speaks grace and feeds us at the banquet table of heaven. It connects us with one another and with God. It connects us with ourselves – our true and best selves.
I like this time of the church year. The festival seasons around Christmas and Easter are important and wonderful – but so too is the ordinary.