This Sunday, the sixth Sunday of Easter, we will celebrate communion together. It is also “Rural Life Sunday”. Here is a brief description:
The American Protestant custom of observing Rural Life Sunday on the Sixth Sunday of Easter has its roots in the ancient custom of “Rogation Days”—from the Latin word rogare “to ask” (In modern day English we find the root in the word “interrogation”). In the days between Easter 6 and Ascension Thursday, Christians in farming communities would “ask a blessing” on their fields, their seeds, their farm animals and their own labor, that their planting would flourish, and result in a good harvest. It was a joyful, hopeful time of community prayer for the land.