Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Weekly Message
"The Color of Pentecost"
Recently, I had a lot of fun “staging” my River cottage to be attractive to those “surfing” the Zillow internet looking for a place to call their River home. In my first effort I went for serenity, calmness – a “peaceful” color palette. Isn’t that how I had so abundantly experienced my time there in recent years – like a retreat, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle and busy-ness of life? A healing place in the midst or aftermath of personal or world-wide events impacting life. Isn’t that what the current “market” of bigger city folks would be seeking, too?

After my first go at this, I excitedly but nervously invited reaction from my real estate agent. The freshly painted white walls glowed, the dark wood-colored floors in bedrooms and the living room and the slate stone floors in the “river” room and other rooms gave, I hoped, a grounded warm, earthy appeal. Other colors highlighted in furnishings were soft, primarily in the pale green to grey-blue spectrum of nature colors.

My agent seemed relatively pleased. But at the end of the tour she commented, “Maybe, how about a bit of color!” As I scoured through my closets, cabinets, and all that I had hidden away earlier so as to achieve a serene space, I got excited. Wow! I didn’t realize just how much I had accumulated over time in the red, orange, yellow spectrum of the color palette of my life. “Of course,” I excitedly realized, “How much I love sunrises, sunsets, a crackling fire in my riverside fire pit or home hearth! Throwing a red sweater over my routine black and white wardrobe familiars.” And so, I sprinkled small “pops” of red, orange, yellow throughout my cottage. The contrast of cool and warm (even hot) colors seemed to make the spaces come alive.

Pentecost is about the gift of the Spirit of God infusing energy into creation – specifically the human elements of God’s created order. The Holy Spirit is often depicted as a white dove and perhaps, most often, as invisible: wind, breath. However, at Pentecost the Holy Spirit is fire, flame! The amazing passionate energy of God’s Spirit designed to in-Spirit us in ways that energize us to move forward – to excite us into the work of re-creation, to fire us up with its creative energy and inspire us.

The colors of Pentecost, of excited, in-passioned energy and creativity are the firing up colors: red, orange, yellow. Those colors, as with fire, warm us, excite us, call us to live into the energy we feel rising up from within. The colors of a brilliant, breath taking sunrise or sunset – each of these natural wonder-full transition times present a fiery sun in its endless cycle of endings and beginnings to our daily lives.

Pentecost ushers in ordinary time in our liturgical and spiritual calendar. It is happening this year on this upcoming Sunday as we are emerging from a solitary, fearful pandemic time. Sunset on the pandemic; sunrise on a new beginning.

So, in celebration, don the Pentecost colors this Sunday – any variation of RED. It is time to live forward into the excitement of being alive, creative, inspired, in-spirited, exuberant, joyfully showing up on God’s paint palette to spark new beginnings!

By God's amazing grace in our lives, may it be so . . . . .

And speaking of new beginnings – “Commencement” Sunday

“We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing!” And to give thanks as we begin to re-gather in familiar ways in our church sanctuaries. This Sunday is Pentecost and especially this year a time of celebration. Like a Commencement, a time of graduating into the bigger opportunity of being together beyond the pandemic controlled past year. How joyful it will be to come back into our beloved church sanctuaries, yet as we give thanks for having found creative ways to be together in the natural “sanctuaries” of creation which recently sustained us until this time of return after exile.

We will continue our rotation of N. Farnham and St. John’s serving as host for Sunday services as we gather in the church sanctuary of N. Farnham this coming Sunday at 10 a.m. for Pentecost. Some “cautions” continue for a while, though most will gradually disappear over the next few weeks or couple of months. Between now and next Sunday, practice your wonderful smiles and prepare your spirit to be renewed and refreshed by the re-gathering. Let’s help each other make the color of the day JOY! 


PS - comments from Lucy in the peanuts' gallery -
You do not have to wear a mask, whether you're vaccinated or not. If you are not vaccinated and especially if you intend to sing (yes, we are singing,) please consider wearing a mask as there may be children (or others) present who cannot be vaccinated. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with.
PPS- Communion is still in one kind.
Last week at Farnham & St. John's
Torrence Harman Photo

Peonies in Farnham churchyard
Anne Neuman photo
Michael & Courtenay Sisson at St. John's outdoor service, 5/16.
How wonderful it is to see people's maskless smiles!!!
This Sunday is Pentecost.


to remind us of the fire of the spirit.


The next E-pistle comes out on June 2nd.
Food push week! Bring food for the Farnham food pantry Sunday!
the Forward Day by Day meditation link.


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Sunday, May 23rd 

10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

N. Farnham

Sunday, May 30th  
Trinity Sunday

10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer

St. John's
Sunday, June 2nd  
Pentecost II

10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

St. John's

Sunday, June 9th  
Pentecost III

10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer

N. Farnham
The Parish Prayer List
for those in need of God's comfort and healing:
Courtenay Altaffer
Martha Berger
Randall Bone
Sue Bowie
Constance Edwards
Bob File
David Gallagher
Regina Griggs
Barbara Grander
Dorothy Grove
Sandy Wade Hagan
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Kelsey Heidenreich
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Mary Douglas Lawton
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Susannah Marais
Tommy Neuman
Judi Newman
James Rynd
Marsha Rynd
Chris Smith
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Roclyn Tennyson
John Welch, II
Matthew Yates
Rose Mary Zellner and
all the victims of COVID 19
and for those serving in our armed forces:
Royce Baker
David Berger
Ryan Berger
Allen Crocker
Randy Crocker
Court Garretson
Cameron Heidenreich
Dan Heidenreich
Charles Jones
Daniel Kirk
Mark Lawton
Scott Longar
Luis Loya
Gavin Wade McClung
Christopher Strickler
We also pray for those who have died.
Upcoming Birthdays & Anniversaries
May 14th – Carter Wellford, IV
May 15th – Susan & Jim Crowley
May 16th – Candy & Bill Carden
May 16th - Danni & Chris Plaice
May 19th – Sandy Garretson
May 20th – Courtney & Michael Sisson
May 23rd - Patricia & Joseph Gallagher
June 9th - Chris Plaice
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

Our service this Pentecost Sunday is at 10 a.m. and is a Communion service at North Farnham Church. It will be held inside the church, marking our return to the sanctuary. Alleluia!
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