In a few days we will be marking the transition from spring to summer as the sun appears to pass over the equator and we have our longest day and shortest night of the year. Many look forward to the warmer days of summer, a time of outdoor activities, gardens, festivals and vacations – with or without travel.
However it is not quite summer yet! This far north Spring is still in the air, although some days have felt like Fall. We have seen the dormant time of Winter fade before our eyes as snow has melted, ground has thawed, leaves have appeared on trees and shrubs, perennials have poked through the ground and Spring flowers have appeared everywhere, even in places where we had forgotten they were. So it is with our church life here at Living Spirit. While our work and worship have continued over the winter it has been a time of dormancy, a time of healing and rest, a time of reflection and re-assessment. It has also been a time for planting seeds of possibility in worship, conversations and the establishment of our Transition Team. It is a bit ironic that as Spring ends and Summer brings the most active growing season, church activity everywhere slows down or stops! And yet that is OK as the church tend to be a “late bloomer” with life blossoming in the Fall – and even into and through the winter.
That is not a reason to avoid worship in the Summer! Why? Because we are going to be worshipping outside again! We have had such a good response to last year’s summer outdoor worship, in the shade of our beautiful trees and surrounded by shrubs and flowers, that we are going to do the same this year. Starting July 1 (yes, that July 1) and as weather permits, our worship services will happen on the front lawn up to and including the Labour Day weekend. Although we will have the picnic tables set up you may prefer to bring your own chair, and remember to bring a sweater, coat or blanket as it can be a bit cool in the shade. Being outside adds an extra dimension to our time together as nature speaks to us in a deeply spiritual way. Pat Massey will be leading the service on July 1, and for July 8 we are arranging BBQ for lunch after the service. Good things are happening, don’t miss out! A warm welcome awaits!