THE DOVE June 2013

Ordinary Time

by The Rev. Dr. Jason L. Parkin, Rector

In some Christian traditions, including our own, this time of the year in the Church's calendar is known as the Season after Pentecost, or, simply, Pentecost, in homage to the great feast that both brings to a close the Easter Season and inaugurates the long period that runs until the beginning of Advent in the late autumn. In earlier times, when Pentecost was known as Whitsunday-or White Sunday, which alluded to the fact that the church and its clergy were vested in white rather than our current red-this season was known as Whitsuntide. Some denominations, by contrast, refer to this time as the Season of the Church or the Season of the Spirit; and still others refer to it as the Green Season, especially those that are increasingly focused on ecological and creation theology and worship. And, finally, there are those traditions that refer to this season as Ordinary Time.

Ordinary Time. The name reflects the fact that, unlike all other seasons, from Advent to Christmas, Epiphany to Lent, Holy Week to Easter, this time is not centered on events in the life of Jesus but, rather, on the ongoing, normal, "ordinary" life of the community of faith, the Church. During this time, we are given the opportunity and the challenge of pondering what it is to be the Body of Christ. In essence, the other seasons of the Church year prepare us for this time. The advent of the savior; his manifestation as the Holy One of God; his ministry, which constantly pointed people to God; the journey to the cross and the empty tomb; his gift of the Spirit: all of this leads toward the season in which we now find ourselves, and during which we remember that our lives of faith are lived not primarily in times of wonder and marvel but in the normal, mundane, garden variety moments of life. In ordinary time, in ordinary ways, as God's ordinary-ordinary yet profoundly beloved-people. Each of us is differently and wonderfully blessed by the Spirit, another theme of this season. In a very real sense, to be honest, there is never anything at all "ordinary" about being the people of God. But the paradoxically-named Ordinary Time provides us with the unique chance to use more deeply and more faithfully those gifts; to grow in Spirit as individuals and as a people; to reflect on the life God would have us live, empowered by the Spirit; and to become more and more the people of Jesus in our daily, routine, ordinary lives.

I will continue to refer to this time as the Season after Pentecost. Yet, I like the image of "Ordinary Time," and the reminder it gives all of us that our vocation and our privilege, as people of faith, is to live the Good News, day in and day out, come sorrow or celebration, in our regular, ordinary ways.

Battle of the Songs: Parish Picnic

Sunday, June 2, 10:00 AM

We have a wonderful picnic planned this year with some exciting surprises. First, we will hold a "Battle of the Songs". Our band, Brass from the Past, will play nine songs for our service. After the service we will vote on the one we like the best. The band will then play it again.

The songs include:

Someone to Watch Over Me (1926)
Beyond The Sea (1946)
Come Fly with Me (1957)
Knock On Wood (1966)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1966)
Dance to the Music (1968)
Love Train (1972)
Just the Way You Are (1977)
As (Always) (1977)

Second, the sermon will be about a "battle of the gods" with some special characters and some special effects. You will not want to miss this truly explosive presentation.

"As Always," this service is an opportunity to become evangelists! Please invite your friends and neighbors. Let's make it a great battle and a great celebration.

Milestones

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries

When we get to the end of the school year at All Things Bright and Beautiful, we have a closing celebration to acknowledge that our Junior Kindergarten students are going on to a different school next year: a milestone for them. Over the past 12 years, it has been made very special by the presence of Wyn Gilbert.
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"Pomp and Circumstance"

by Derek E. Nickels, DMA, Director of Music

Every year around this time, the strains of Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1 linger through the air. It's a tune that needs no explanation-we know what it is for and why it is performed.  But, who wrote it and why?
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Confirmation 2013

On the Feast of Pentecost, May 19, 2013, 20 young people from Holy Comforter were confirmed or, in one case, reaffirmed their baptismal vows in the presence of the Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting, Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. These students completed a course of formation, discussion, and study titled "Confirm not Conform" that met every Tuesday night for 90 minutes from January through April. They were a uniquely insightful, funny, inquisitive, and lively group, and the entire experience was a delight. Special thanks to Bill Haljun for co-leading the class once again this year!
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Good News Children

On Saturday, June 8th, you are invited to engage with the Good News Children for a fun and rewarding morning.  This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy building with Legos, helping with art projects and playing children's games. Jr. High and High School students are welcome along with their parents.

We leave Holy Comforter at 9:15, returning about 12:30. Contact Jody or Bob Lapp if you are interested at (847) 446-0576 or relapp@earthlink.net.

Newcomers reception: Saturday, June 15

Fr. Jason and Jan Parkin, Doug Groncki, and the Newcomers Team invite all who are new to Holy Comforter (or "newish" and haven't made it to a previous reception) to join us at a reception and cocktail party at the Rectory on Saturday, June 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This informal gathering-to which children of all ages are also invited-will be a casual and fun time for people who have recently come to Holy Comforter, as well as those who pondering connecting to the congregation, to meet some parishioners, learn more about the parish, and become acquainted with one another. We promise that there will be no "hard sell:" we simply want to welcome you to Holy Comforter and enjoy some time together. Please contact Jill Klusendorf in the church office at jcklusendorf@holycomforter.org by June 10th to let us know you are coming. Please join us! 

Support for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

We are all aware of the massive and devastating tornado system that leveled large parts of suburban Oklahoma City, especially the community of Moore, causing many deaths, and resulting in billions of dollars of damage. Many will remember that last October, we, as a parish, raised money to reach out to those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy. We are doing the same thing right now in order to provide what help and succor we can to those similarly affected by this recent tornado. In particular, we hope to focus our help on the children of the involved communities due to the destruction of several schools in the area. We do not yet know exactly what channel we will use to reach out in love and concern, and will investigate different options rapidly.

In the meantime, however, the Outreach Committee of Holy Comforter has designated $7,500 from our outreach funds to be used in order to match offerings that come from within the parish. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please make a check out to Holy Comforter, but include in the memo section the note "tornado relief." Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and compassion.

Worship during the Summer

On Sunday, June 9, we will change to our summer liturgical schedule, with liturgies being offered at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:15 a.m.

As many are aware, during the summer, the 8:00 Eucharist remains largely unchanged, but, weather permitting, the 9:00 service is celebrated in an informal fashion in the columbarium courtyard, utilizing familiar music and hymns, different prayers, and other slightly new ingredients. In addition, the 11:15 Eucharist is moved forward to 10:15, and includes musical offerings by individual members of our choir. So whether you are looking for a quiet, spoken service, a very warm and informal liturgy in a beautiful outdoor setting, or a structured Eucharist a little more relaxed than is the norm, there is something for everyone during the summer at Holy Comforter. Please note that the 9:00 Eucharist will once again be in the cloister as in years past, rather than on the west lawn, where it was celebrated last summer.

The Campitellis Practice One of the Four Keys:
Caring Conversations. So Can You!

by Pastor Heath Howe, Family Ministries

Caring conversations are one of the four keys to passing along our faith. In some ways they are at the heart of our faith. Caring conversations are holy moments when we share the intimate places of our hearts, when we really hear and see one another, when we laugh or cry with one another in such a way that we can almost hear Christ laughing and crying with us. Shannon and Richard are intentional about creating such opportunities for themselves and their children.
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