The big block of Ordinary Time comes to an end after this Sunday, which means that the liturgical colors get changed for World Communion Sunday. A few more Sundays of green and we're to red on Reformation Sunday, white again on All Saint's, one more Sunday of green, white for Reign of Christ, and then to purple and Advent.
As if it were an added bonus, the trees are turning from green to yellow, orange, red, brown, even purple. Who knows if you'll need long sleeves or short sleeves, shorts or pants from day to day? We can look forward to pumpkins and cornucopias and fireplaces and costumes instead of sun, sun, some more sun, some sun, a little bit more sun, and some sun after that.
Most people like summer. If there isn't something special going on like a trip, I tend to get bored with it. When I was still in school it was a lot more exciting. Now all I hear and see is blah blah blahbitty blah. Some probably think me backwards for such an attitude, but I really am glad that the season is over.
I really don't know what the point of this entry is other than to celebrate some sort of change in the sanctuary as well as the season. I didn't realize that such a long block without any special days would drive me so crazy. I find that I'm more creative and energized during the special seasons, both church and otherwise. I have a harder time paying attention to Ordinary Time because it's mostly so...ordinary.
Maybe I just need to challenge myself a little more during this stretch next year, to come up with programs that will sustain both my and the congregation's interest (those who are around in the summer). Maybe it's just that I and the faithful remnant need something to make Ordinary Time less ordinary. It's worth a shot, right?
Meantime, I'm loving the color appearing in the leaves and the approach of October. And that the Indians are THIS CLOSE to the playoffs makes it even sweeter.