detail of Van Gogh painting of old bell tower

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of those extraordinary ordinary days at church.

A beautiful, clear, sunny day in late fall. The sun hitting that stained glass window at just the right angle to cast a rose-colored shadow on the wall across from the choir loft. I’ve never seen that before.

Some people we’d expected to see weren’t there [“You know, he might be sick …”]. Some people we haven’t seen for awhile WERE there [“I’m so glad to see you!! How are you feeling … ?”].

Everyone is breathing a little bit easier now that we have a church secretary [“Office Administrator”], and an interim pastor.

We said “thank you” to all the veterans. [Indeed. Thank you.]

We said “thank you” to the person who had fellowship time today, who had made scrumptious fried apple bread pudding – which is a lot more than anyone requires from fellowship time, but honestly, who is going to complain? [So – thank you.]

And then, over the scrumptious fried apples, my pre-school Sunday school student explained to me how an “ABC pattern” works, illustrating the concept with candy corn and chocolate covered peanuts:

“Look! It’s an ABC pattern: candy corn … peanut … candy corn … peanut … candy corn … now, what comes next?


“Yes! Good job!!”

This is the day that the HOLY ONE has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it!

O give thanks to the HOLY ONE for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 118:24, 29

[Yes. Thank you.]

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

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