You may have noticed that the hangings in St Matthew’s Church have been changed and are now green. Look at the pulpit, the lectern and on the front of the communion table. In times of celebration these are changed to white and gold, in times of repentance or mourning we use purple, and for celebrating the life of a martyred saint or celebrating the Holy Spirit we use red. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the priest might wear a matching colour stole too. Currently we use the colour green – what is all that about then?
The church calendar is now in “Ordinary Time”, indicated by the colour green. It is the period of the year between Trinity Sunday and Advent when there are no festivals (like Christmas, Easter and Pentecost) and few special days (except, of course, St Matthew’s Day – look out for the red hangings). However, I think that this time of year is far from ordinary! We are called to live out the Christian life. Day by day we are Jesus’ witnesses to our neighbours and friends. That is far from ordinary – it is an extraordinary life that we learn to live in the power of God the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Acts documents how the early church lived after Easter and Pentecost and it is full of miracles, healings,
salvation and new life; also spiritual struggle, prayer and fasting and religious persecution. Let us pray for an Acts-type living during this “Ordinary Time” at St Matthew’s. Bring on the extraordinary!
Rev Sara-Jane Stevens