The season of Pentecost is so much more than Ordinary.This is the time of year we look deep into passages in Scripture that highlight the life of Christ, his ministry, and his connection to all of God's creation throughout history.There are four beautiful designs in our Ordinary Time collection this year.
Our "Bountiful Blessings" stole reminds us that declarations of God's love are abundant in Christ. They are particularly made known in the bread, wine, and healing we receive around Christ's table whenever we worship in community. The featured wheat and grapes uphold our confirmations that Christ is truly present in our Sacraments. As we partake, we acknowledge Christ's body and blood conjoining with ours, sustaining us for ministry throughout the world and in service toward one another. The featured verse on this stole is Luke 22: 19-20, highlighting the Words of Institution.
Next in line is our "Loaves and Fishes" design. Our backdrop fabric looks like netting, reminding us of the many ways Christ calls us to "fish for people" in love. There are also six separate tellings of Jesus feeding thousands of people in our Gospels. He does this with only a few loaves of bread and a couple fish. These stories teach us that God's love for us fulfills our every need. Furthermore, there is always enough of God's grace to go around without one bit of it running out! The featured verse is from Luke, chapter 9, verse 16. It reads, "And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd."
Our "Jesus, the Good Shepherd" stole was so fun to create! It features Jesus holding a lamb and a staff behind a backdrop of green pasture. The fabric on the back refers to the still waters from which we're also led to drink in Christ. Jesus tends to us and cares for us as his flock. He also calls us to love one another. Our featured verse highlights this call. John 21:15 reads, "Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?' He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’"
Finally, our "In the Beginning" stole connects Jesus to all of God's creation. The seven crosses depict each of the seven days of creation mentioned in Genesis, chapter 1. Each day was transpired by God according to God's liking and generous love for us. Our featured verse, Genesis 1:31, states, "God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good." We do not always care for God's creation like we should. This stole reminds us that God's love made known to us in Christ is for more than just humans. God's love is galactic, universal, and all-encompassing.