If you are lucky enough to be on altar duty during the month of June, you will be quite busy, for the paraments will change each week. We begin with white as we celebrate the last Sunday of Easter. On that week we will hear the story of Christ’s Ascension into heaven, which is actually celebrated on Thursday, May 29. The second Sunday of June is a red Sunday, as we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit being poured out on the disciples and all of us. The next Sunday goes back to white, as we contemplate God as Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will hear the “Great Commission” from the end of Mathew’s Gospel on that special day. The fourth Sunday in June will give us a hint of what most of our summer will be like, with green paraments and a story from Matthew’s Gospel to guide us in our life of discipleship. For the 5th Sunday in June we will display red paraments as we remember the martyrdom of both Peter and Paul.
Does all of this sound confusing? The stories of our faith build us up when we are attentive to them. Together we seek guidance from God and each other as we make these stories our own. We use all of our senses as we experience the life of God in our midst together. Come and see how God is calling us to share this good news through God’s Holy Word and the sacraments as we go into all the world and make disciples!
Pastor David M. Byerly