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From The Pastor

“On Mount Zion the Lord who rules over all will prepare a feast for all the nations.
The best and richest foods and the finest aged wines will be served.
On that mountain the Lord will destroy the veil of sadness that covers all the nations.
He will destroy the gloom that is spread over everyone. He will swallow up death forever. The Lord and King will wipe away the tears from everyone’s face. He will remove the shame of his people from the whole earth. The Lord has spoken. At that time, they will say, “He is our God. We trusted in him, and he saved us. He is the Lord. We trusted in him. Let us be filled with joy because he saved us.” –Isaiah 25:6-

 

This is the text that informed the scripture selection for the season of Easter through Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024, also known as Eastertide. The church calendar is divided into seasons that follow a pattern and are intended to take us from Advent, the beginning of the Liturgical calendar, through twenty-seven Sundays after Pentecost at the end of the year.  The most variation that comes in this calendar is Lent because Ash Wednesday comes 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) and marks the beginning of Lent. The calendar repeats itself year after year, just like the one that hangs on the wall in most of our homes.  The scripture above helped in the text used this year for Eastertide. The weekly text selected for Sunday mornings comes from a three-year schedule, the Lectionary.  Currently we are in year “B” of this three-year cycle. On the first Sunday of Advent, we will move to year “C” and in 2025 we will start the cycle all over again.  

 

As I walk into the pulpit on Sunday morning there is a lot of information racing through my head, but I take the moment of meditation during the Prelude to hand all that information over to the Holy Spirit and focus on the moment before me and the Worship that is before us.  Hundreds of thousands of years have been poured into the structure and words that we hear and study each week.  Young pastors see the task of preaching each week as something almost impossible to maintain over many years, and some do not follow the Liturgical calendar. There are many sermon series out there to follow, these tend to be more topical in nature and still follow scripture, but not the Liturgical calendar.

 

I am writing about this to let you know how the prayers and words that we read and hear on Sunday morning are not just pulled out of the air, some are from hundreds of years ago and some from different faith communities, but all are meant for the Glory of God and our Neighbors Good. 

 

Peace and Love

Allen R. Kahler, Pastor

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