Living the Liturgical Year, Part 2: Cherry-Pickin’ Christian

winter berries and lights

cher·ry-pick (v.) to selectively choose the most beneficial items available

If you’re just joining us, welcome! We’ve been discussing how to begin living into the liturgical year this year. Today, we’re ready to dive into the church calendar. With so many ways to celebrate, and so much to learn, it can get a little overwhelming. We’ve decided to start small.

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the year is seasons. Each one seems to command it’s own expectations, it’s own particular variant of joy.

Winter welcomes us to cocoon all cozy, to plan and dream until the rich scent of spring fills the air, inviting us to plunge our fingers in wet earth, to marvel over all that grows and all that’s green. Summer sings a siren song of sultry ease that calms the bustle of our lives if we let it. Autumn is crisp with excitement, with relishing work well-done, and turning over a crimson leaf to the promise of new.

Do you feel the rhythm? The in-breath of winter, the exhalation in the spring when we plunge forward to exert, to create, to birth? Inhale again the summer sun, then out again as autumn winds beckon us to school and harvest and table. In…out…in…out. Year in, year out. A time for everything, and everything in it’s time.

In the same way, the Church invites us to step into the natural rhythm of liturgical life. (more…)

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