A timely question: what time and whose time is it?

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Rev. Walter Klockers

We decided to change the time of our Sunday worship service at our church from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We are trying this on a temporary basis to see how things go. A good number of people favored the change, while some others did not like the idea. The first Sunday we worshiped at 10 was on Nov. 3.

At our next Annual Meeting, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020, we will revisit the issue, give feedback and decide whether to maintain this time or return to the earlier hour.

The reason why we made the change was to give more time for occasional snow removal in the winter months. It also might be favorable for some families with younger children. The thinking was that they might welcome the added time to get everyone prepared and out the door.

Only time will tell if this is successful.

Yes, the change from 9 to 10 a.m. went into effect on Sunday, Nov. 3. It happens that Daylight Saving Time was scheduled to end the very same day (fall back).

Did you catch the funny thing about this? The time for the service was moved forward one hour; while Daylight Saving Time moved our clocks back one hour. The new service time negated the change that Daylight Saving Time imposed upon us.

The result was a change in name only, 9 to 10.

The original language of the New Testament of the Bible was an ancient form of Greek. In the New Testament, there are two key Greek words that talk about time. The first is “Chronos,” which is chronological or sequential time, and the second is “Kairos,” which refers to “an opportune time.”

God may intervene in our lives at an opportune moment (Kairos) to remind us that even amid change some things remain the same.

One of those things is God’s love. It’s there all the time.

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.

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