Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Weekly Message
"Colorful"
 
One thing I love about our liturgical seasons in our church year are the colors. Purple, white, green, red, and even blue in those churches that use blue instead of purple for Advent. The diversity of color makes for a rich and colorful calendar cycle on our Sundays throughout the year. Just walk through the church door on any given Sunday and the richness of color draws you eye immediately to the beautiful hangings on the altar and the smaller ones on the lectern and pulpit – those places where the Word is read and spoken. Interesting: whatever the colors there are gold threads woven or appliqued or fringed with the design. The other place the color shows up is on the minister’s stole.
 
I remember one of the Sundays in my first year at Farnham and St. John’s. When at St. John’s, I generally vest in my church study, picking out the appropriate (for the season) stole from the rainbow array hanging in the closet there. That Sunday I grabbed my red stole, dashed over to the church, and through the sanctuary doors as the organ prelude was in process. I heard a little gasp from someone nearby and turned. The Altar Guild Chair was standing there, a look of distress on her face as she took in the color of my bright red stole and the rich purple hangings on the altar. “Oh no!” she moaned. I realized that one of us had messed up the color coordination of the day. In a momentary visual of myself in my beautiful red stole standing at the Lord’s Table draped in deep rich purple, I felt a surge of joy and delight. I turned as the prelude ended, the church bell ringing out that we were to begin, and whispered in the direction of my distressed Altar Guild Chair, “I just love red and purple together and God does too.”  
Rainbows, wildflower meadows, coral reefs, sunrises and sunsets, parrots and goldfinches, zebras and people. The creator’s palette is amazing. Archbishop Tutu calls us the Rainbow People of God – just like His World. When it came time to order new Altar Hangings for the church the consensus of all involved in that decision was to get the “Coronation” design for the new hangings. A hangings’ design that uses many different colors and, of course, threads of gold. I love the reality that I can grab any color stole on the Sundays those hangings grace the altar and blend right in. And I contemplate the rich thought that God’s love for us and our experience of God is that love is a many-colored thing.

Please enjoy Bishop Susan’s wonderful Color-wheel Meditation she offers this week that inspired me and I pass it forward to you that you may be inspirited by it too. It is special to note that although Bishop Susan only became a Bishop later in life, she was born an artist.
May your life this week offer a rainbow to follow the storm . . . 
Torrence
Last Sunday at Farnham & St. John's
Sunday outdoors service under the old trees at N. Farnham church.
A lovely breeze as we reflected on the Gospel story of the loaves and fishes and feeding of thousands. A beautiful morning but with a tinge of sadness as we blessed and said good-bye to Sumner and Linda Elwell who are moving back to Maine to be near their children. What special musical gifts they shared while among us!
Upcoming Sunday Morning Prayer Services
Sunday, August 9th

9 a.m. Outdoors
at Sabine Hall
sponsored by St. John's Church

No Virtual Service
at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 16th


9 a.m. Outdoors

at Farnham

No Virtual Service
at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, August 23rd

9 a.m. Outdoors
at Sabine Hall
sponsored by St. John's Church

followed by

11 a.m. Virtual Service
Sunday, August 30th



9 a.m. Outdoors

at Farnham
followed by
11 a.m. Virtual Service

9 a.m. Outdoor Service Notes

Outdoor service will be cancelled in event of rain.
Face Masks required*, Bring your own lawn chair*, Seating will be marked in advance at 6-8 foot intervals for individuals and/or immediate family "groupings"
"Social" distancing will be respected; We will have music, but not singing;
A food pantry donation basket will be available for can and jar donations.
There will also be a plate to collect the offering.
* There will be some disposable masks and sanitized chairs available if you forget
The Parish Prayer List
Courtenay Altaffer
John Barber
Martha Berger
Randall Bone
Sue Bowie
Nancy Allin Bush
Mary Claycomb
Constance Edwards
Bob File
Regina Griggs
Barbara & Harry Grander
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Weir Harman
Mary Hertling
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Marcia Jenkins
Stephanie, Nick & Donovan Kaywork
Jim & Sharon Krider
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Susannah Marais
Judi Newman
Kirsten Palubinski
George Patrick
Ed Rynd
James Rynd
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Connie Thompson
Matthew Yates
and Rose Mary Zellner
Please e-mail any updates to the prayer list to parishchurchnews@gmail.com Replying to this e-mail will send it to Torrence.
August Birthdays
July 30th Mary Sulik
1st Junius Berger
2nd Courtney Sisson
3rd Kathleen Sulik
11th Carlton George
16th Sallie Cox
27th Ed Elliott
31st Lorena Plump
31st Kiersten Saison
There will be an outdoor Morning Prayer Service sponsored by St. John's at Sabine Hall at 9:00 a.m. this coming Sunday, weather permitting.
Farnham Church
St. John's Church