A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
We have had our first sniff of Spring and the Indians open their baseball season on Monday. This Sunday marks the halfway point of Lent. As we contemplate Holy Week, the completion of Lent Madness, and Easter, the Vestry and I are looking further ahead to late Spring and Summer.
On May 17th, we will be having an afternoon Family Festival featuring the two–woman, 12 instrument musical group Simple Gifts. (They appeared at New Life in 2011.) Simple Gifts plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to haunting Gypsy melodies and Scandinavian twin fiddling. Before their 2:30pm concert, the Simple Gifts duo will teach children of all ages to play the spoons. Then the new spoon-meisters will join Simple Gifts in performing the first song of their concert. From 12:30-2:30pm there will be activities with a family focus and healthy snacks.
Starting June 7th, we will add a family and dog friendly Saturday 5:30pm Eucharist. Whenever possible, the service will be held outdoors. On first Sundays (except for July), the service will be held at Uniontown Community Park. We have reserved the park's picnic pavilion which has grills. We hope that worshippers will bring something to put on the grill and we'll share in a picnic and games after worship.
Also, during June and July, New Life will rent out space at the Hartville Flea Market to provide a craft activity for children as well as an opportunity to build relationships and introduce children and adults to how God is working at New Life and in our lives. We will invite our new friends to come share their gifts with us by joining us for worship, Godly Play, the blessing of the animals, game afternoons, outreach projects and more.
New Life's Summer Camp returns this summer as a lock-in from July 25-27. Camp concludes with the annual parish picnic and worship on July 27th at Boettler Park.
Thanks be to God for all that is springing up around us and here at New Life.