...why are you wearing a scarf in summer?
Last Sunday, one of the children during children’s time asked me why I was wearing a scarf in the summer time. I loved this question! In part, because I love that our children are happy and willing to ask me questions, but also, like I said then, if they’re asking those questions, you might be too.
Liturgical vestments, and really liturgical symbols in general can feel confusing. Why are there certain colors adorning the church at particular times a year? Why
I thought for the next couple weeks we could use this space to talk about these topics. If you have any questions, by all means drop me a line and we can keep thinking through them!
So first, the stole.
The word stole comes not from “steal,” but instead from the Greek word στολή
However, as the
The other reason why I wear the stole is that it’s a reminder of the calling I have in this particular work. It reminds me that I am both an ordained minister of the Word and Sacraments, and that I’ve made the decision to care for a congregation in that way – I have “yoked” myself to this task. Every Sunday when I place that scarf over my neck, I think of each of you, and I think about the weight of the task to help us all worship together. I am praying to be God’s vessel on Sundays, and my stole helps me to remember that as I walk through each moment.
Many of them have stories behind them as well. Some friends have made, some have been given to me by mentors, and still others are from my time in seminary. They all, however, are reminders of God’s faithfulness in my life, and hopefully ways to remember God’s faithfulness in your life, too.
It is helpful to note, too, that if some of you have had particularly “high church” experiences that soured you on lots of liturgical elements, you may feel some concern about stoles and robes. I share that same concern with you, especially when the use of these items as indicators of my role can be presumed as being viewed as higher than someone else. What is helpful about our shared Reformed heritage, however, is the reminder that we are all broken, imperfect people who deeply need God’s grace. I’m right there with you and make no claims to have some better in to grace as any of the rest of you. Instead, I’m just the person who has taken some time to get a sense of the
So on Sunday, when you see my summer scarf, remember that right before service, I prayed for each of you, and I prayed that God