We can think of this ordinary time as full of the things we expect of summer--vacations, gardening, maybe grilling and picnicking, perhaps a little more outdoor time for reading those books that we just couldn't get to earlier in the year. For others, it may be packing up and moving to a new place. With all of these activities, is this time really so ordinary?
It's funny that we often think of other seasons of the church year as optimal for teaching and learning, full of activity, and the better time for Christian education. Christian education schedules and Bible studies in many churches start up in the fall and run until May or early June. We count the Sundays so we have the appropriate number of sessions to study a particular biblical book and allow time for special studies in Advent and Lent. But in terms of learning and growing, don't write off this time as "ordinary." A local pastor, Gena Sheller, stopped by the Kerygma office this past week to review some Kerygma studies her adult education committee is considering for the fall. They had just finished 38 wks of Kerygma studies (Discovering the Bible and Listening to Scripture) and are taking a summer break.
Gena said she now looks forward to the "hallway conversations" at church. On Sundays before and after worship, the adults who were in the Bible studies say things like, "You know that session when we talked about the paraclete?" (the NT term for the Holy Spirit) "Well I was thinking about that the other day and this occurred to me ..."
In other words, study groups or adult ed classes may be on hiatus, but thinking about and reflecting on what was studied earlier in the year is not. Far from it! In fact, now is the growing season. The seeds planted earlier in the year (reading, studying, discovering the Bible together), these seeds are taking root and leading to deeper reflection on Scripture-- meaning faith and action.
So, I hope that, like Gena, you experience some hallway conversations as adults share their reflections about what they studied.
And as we say at Kerygma,
Come Grow With Us!