In keeping with Earth Day, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church celebrated Rogation Sunday (as well as Good Shepherd Sunday) on April 22, 2018. The service began at 10 am in the St. Peter at the Lake Worship Center, 1140 Mosser Road, McHenry. The word “Rogation” comes from the Latin verb rogare meaning “to ask”, so on April 22 the congregation will gather, and invites the community to join in asking for God’s blessing on our crops, our animals and our gardens, and the labors of those who produce our food. Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) originated in Vienne, France in the fifth century. They were a period of fasting and abstinence, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest.
The guest preacher was The Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig, professor of Church in Society at United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. Since 1995 he has directed the Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI) of the Seminary which focuses on churches in open country and small towns with population up to 10,000. Waldkoenig is also part-time Director of Evangelical Missions for the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the ELCA.
Few of us today directly derive our livelihood from the production of food, yet it is good to be reminded of our dependence upon those who do and our responsibility for the environment.
Any questions about Rogation Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills? Please contact Pastor Rick Egtvedt at 301-501-8218.
Rev. Gilson Waldkoenig
Pastor Rick Egtvedt