|Posted by ureche1 on September 9, 2020 at 12:10 AM|
“When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’” Luke 2:22-24
“and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’” Matthew 8:2-4
“When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:14-20
During this time of COVID-19 I hear many times each day people asking the question, “When will we get back to normal?” I am not sure life was ever “normal”. What I think people may be getting at when they lament the lack of “normal” in their lives is the absence of ritual.
Diana Butler Bass, American historian of Christianity and an advocate for progressive Christianity, as well as a prolific writer had this to say about loss of ritual in her blog post titled, “Making It Up As We Go”.
We’ve lost much this year, including the loss of ritual.
Formal holiday rituals like Easter and Passover. Less overtly religious ones like baseball’s opening day or July 4 parades. Other rituals, too: graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. There were no summer weddings or baby showers. No
in-person church or synagogue or temple. Even with friends falling ill, and the deaths that have occurred, no hospital visits or funerals to attend.
We also lack informal rituals, the practiced regularity that made up daily life – coffee with friends, the neighborhood book club, the gripe session with co-workers at the bar near the office, working out at the gym, dinner at a favorite restaurant. These are rituals, too - routines that connected us to one another, how we offered friendship, forgiveness, advice, and care. Familiar, repeated acts that framed hours, days, weeks, and months – the habits that composed our lives – have vanished.
Ritual links us to others, shapes our memories, and marks our years. Even the least liturgical and non-religious among us understands ritual in these ways. My friend, Casper ter Kuile, who writes on “soulful practices” says, “rituals make the invisible connections (of) life meaningful, visible.” COVID has robbed us of ritual.
On my personal Facebook page, I asked the question, “What rituals have you lost during this time of COVID-19?” I received a few responses. Here is what people shared.
“Seeing friends in person, going to the gym and the community of people I saw almost every day.
My loss of work routine, I haven't worked a 40 hour week in 5 months. While I want things to return to "normal", many of the new routines in my life are good while others are quite detrimental to my life. Looking forward to the day my gym reopens so I can get back into better physical shape.”
“Will certainly miss the ritual of the State Fair. Family's been showing livestock almost every year since about 1960.”
“I miss the ritual of greeting. That warm feeling you get when we gather for Adult Sunday School with people who have known each other for 20 years, and how they stop everything to welcome the newcomer.”
As you can see from those responses some rituals are related to church and others to secular activities. For me some of the church related rituals I have missed is not being able to share communion together on Easter morning. Not having the children parade around the sanctuary waving palm branches on Palm Sunday. And even though it is not the easiest thing for me to do I miss having the children come forward during worship to share some time together.
On the secular side, I believe this is the first summer in many years that my daughter and I have not attended a baseball game. I missed cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for the Inman Museum on Memorial Day following the cemetery service. I missed that service as well. I believe that this was the year that I was scheduled to represent the Ministerial Alliance at the Memorial Day service.
I think you get the idea and my point. Almost anything that we do again and again is a ritual and part of our normal. One thing that we need to remember is that God is always with us. “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’” (Joshua 1:9) This is indeed one NORMAL that will never change.
Peace and Blessings
2 Dennis Schroeder
Kella Rose Schierling
13 Shirley Friesen
18 James Bornholdt
24 Tanner Knackstedt
30 Pastor Dennis Ureche Ordination
Please pray for these people
on their designated day in September
1) Gene and Karen Schierling
2) Roy and Shivawn Schierling
3) Dennis and Crystal Schroeder
4) Jerry and Ruth Sisson
5) Cassie Spears, Levi, Hailey
6) James and Sophia Stephens
7) Freddi Stowe
Jessica Stucky, Haley
9) Allen Thiessen
10) Merle and Karen Thiessen
11) Verla Thomason
12) Jim and Donna Toews
13) Lamont, Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki
14) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller
15) Marcelyn Wittorff
16) Lois Wright
17) Kathy Zimmerman
18) Norman Achilles
19) Scott and Connie Achilles
20) Adam and Katie Albers, Cash
21) Phyllis Armstrong
22) Kara Ayers, Elian Dorantes, Maya
23) Adolyn Bartels
24) Rosetta Bartels
25) Dan and Fay Binder
26) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt
27) James Bornholdt
28) Tim and Terri Bornholdt
29) Steve and Theresa Buller
30) Richard and Beverly Castleberry
Revised Common Lectionary Readings
September 6 Exodus 12:1-14
September 13 Exodus 14:19-31
September 20 Exodus 16:2-15
September 27 Exodus 17:1-7
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Betty Bengston, James Bornholdt, Kyle Buller, Terry and Karen Fay, William Forehand,
Vicki and Rusty Johnson, Gretchen Kimble,
Danny Parr, Loren and Denise Postier,
Kairos Prison Ministry, Gene and Karen Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Elva Rump, Dr. Keith Fredricks, Missy Friesen Family
We Mourn with You
Family and Friends of Chris Harper
Women’s Fellowship Meeting
Thursday, September 3
St. Peter’s UCC
Fall Schedule will resume
Sunday, September 6
Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School will resume
Sunday, September 13
Sunday, September 6
Monday, September 7
Saturday, September 12
7:00 a.m., Harvest Café
Two Congregational Meetings
Scheduled for September
Two Congregational meetings are scheduled for September. The first special meeting is set for Sunday, September 13. At this meeting, the Church Council will present proposed changes to the church’s by-laws. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary immediately following worship.
The second meeting is Sunday, September 27, and is the required Fall Congregational meeting. At this meeting we will be voting as to whether to accept the proposed by-law changes that were presented at the special congregational meeting held on September 13. Updates from teams, Pastor’s report and financial information will be shared as well. This meeting will also take place in the sanctuary immediately following worship. There will not be a meal served for either meeting.
Please plan to stay so that as many members as possible can take part in the governance of the church.
Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 p.m.
Inman Classic Car Show and Santa Fe Days
Saturday, September 26
More information is on the City of Inman Facebook page
Inman Community Food Pantry
Tuesday- 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
620-585-2670 or dmiller5906 @gmail.com
Thank you to everyone who volunteered or donated food/non-food items to the Inman Food Pantry during August. We served 22 individuals/families, and they expressed their gratitude for the food pantry being available to them.
As we head into September, we have a continuing need for the items on this list.
Hamburger Helper, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti, chips (any kind), saltine crackers, snack crackers, cereal, breakfast type bars, peanut butter, jam and jelly, pancake mix (complete) and syrup, pasta, noodles, canned chicken (no tuna), Jello, cake mix, frosting, pie filling, flour, sugar, salt, cooking oil, mayonnaise, and salad dressing. Also asking for nonfood items: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, toothpaste, hand lotion, laundry soap, fabric softener, bleach, dish soap, spray cleaners, foil, plastic wrap, and Ziplock bags.
“The Walk is Virtual. The Need is Real.” You are invited to support the Reno County CROP Hunger Walk sponsored by Church World Service!
The Reno County Food Bank and the Christian Soup Ministry receive a quarter of funds; the rest supports global ministries with people who need food, water, and shelter.
By October 1, please (1) Write a check to “CWS-CROP.” Put [the name of your church] on the memo line. Send your check to Emanuel Lutheran Church (140 E. 30th Avenue, Hutchinson, KS, 67502)
OR (2) Give securely on-line at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/hutchinsonks Click “Donate,” then “General.” Every donation will be acknowledged. Questions? Contact the Coordinator, Eileen Porter, at email@example.com or 608-957-6432.
Thank you for helping our neighbors—local and global!
Women’s Fellowship Thursday, Oct. 1
Communion Sunday, October 4
Men’s Breakfast Saturday, Oct. 10
Neighbors in Need Offering Sunday, October 14
Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, October 16
Church Council Wednesday, Oct 28
St Peter’s United Church of Christ
107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506
Inman, Kansas 67546
Pastor Dennis Ureche—firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor
Ellen Neufeld, Organist
Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary
Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:30 AM
June thru August: No Sunday School
Morning Worship 9:30 AM
Followed by Brunch
St. Peter's United Church of Christ 111 N. Pine St. Inman, Kansas 67546 620-585-2627