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We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 2 Corinthians 4

The long, green church season of Pentecost or “Ordinary Time,” has begun. As Kermit the Frog says, “It ain’t easy bein’ green!” Kermit the Frog symbolizes friendship and hope, and he has some good advice for us in challenging times: “Always be yourself.” “Never take life too seriously.” And “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” That’s not always easy, but we start anew each day with gifts of faith, hope, and love.

Ordinary Time symbolizes new life and growth in faith over the summer season. It celebrates the ongoing work of Jesus in and through his people to change lives with his love! It’s special time set aside to live out our faith in new ways, as we reflect on the meaning of Christ's resurrection in daily life as we follow Jesus’ teachings.

We are just ordinary people, yet we have a great power in the Spirit to follow Jesus. By God’s Spirit Jesus is with us, working through us to share love and peace as Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians. We are the ordinary clay jars that hold the extraordinary gift of the good news of God’s love for the world. Knowing we have the treasure of grace in our fragile lives, we look to God to give us strength and wisdom as we make decisions about our faith community and how we share God’s love. We ask God to lead us at all times. Please pray and listen for how we are called to live out our faith: to minister, to love, to build up, to share the good news, and to make a difference in this ordinary/extraordinary time of challenges and opportunities.

It ain’t easy bein’ green, Pastor Andrea