Welcome Home Sunday & The Nature of Time


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Please note that traffic patterns will be impacted by the Navy-Airforce half marathon Sunday. While not directly effecting the church, it may impact your commute in. Be sure to check their course map and determine if you need to alter your route to church Sunday

What is time?  It  is the ticking of the clock on the wall.  It is the metronome of hours, providing rhythm to our lives.  It is a template we place over the unfolding days and nights.  It is the stuff of our lives.

The New Testament has a couple of words for what we translate “time.” There is Chronos time, which is the ticking of the clock on the wall.  And there is Kairos, which is an altogether different kind of time.  Because while everything I listed in that first paragraph is true as far as it goes, there is something else about time that the bible knows is most important.  Kairos time is when the tomatoes on the vine burst red.  Kairos is the moment of birth, when labor pains begin to radiate along the lower back and the mother knows the time has come.  Kairos is always judgement and opportunity, the end of something and the beginning of another.

We live much of our lives along the flat road of Chronos.  That road is grooved by our constant travel of it.  We know the way to the coffee maker in the morning. We travel the same way to work day in and out.  We have the same conversations over and again, day in and out.  Chronological time is a monochrome rust.

Kairos is seasonal.  Moments erupt out of the flat surfaces of life like fountains of water suddenly spraying into the hot desert air.  Spring spills its riot of colors into the black and white pictures of our daily grind.  Fall does the same thing.  There are moments when our chronological time is shattered by Kairos, the ripening of a moment that chooses us and calls to us through the thick brick, insulated routines through which we travel.   What time do we find ourselves in right now?

For Riverside Baptist Church, we find the fabric of time is opened along a seam of opportunity.  This Sunday, September 18th, we will host a “Welcome Home Sunday,” inviting former members and friends to return to the church to honor its past even as we make our way from the shore to set off for a new future.  After worship, we’ll linger over lunch and then return to the sanctuary for some music and testimonies.  Chronos will be suspended.  Kairos will clutch at our hearts and our minds.  ~I hope to see you Sunday