Now the long season after Pentecost, the season of putting our ministries into practice, begins. We begin this season with a series that reminds us that the trajectory of our ministries mirrors the trajectory of some of the most pressure-packed passages of our lives, those moments of transition where our lives and our relationships can no longer be what they were before.
Each reading in our opening series, as well as the sweep of these readings, captures this movement from chaos to community through moments of transition in creation (week 1) and in the life of Abraham’s family (weeks 2-5), moments that are mirrored in some way in most of our lives as well. We start here because our ministries will often happen in the context of such transitions in the lives of others and our own lives. We start here to be reminded that such transitions happen all across our lifespans. We start here to give encouragement and grounding.
And we start here to underscore and underscore again that the trajectory of our ministries, whether we are just now taking them up or have been at them for decades, consistently moves from chaos to community.
June 11: Creation
June 18 (Father’s Day) Birth
June 25: Weaning
July 2: Rites of Passage
July 9: Legacy