Turns out, in much the same way, we also have various seasons of the Christian year, and each season is intended to focus our attention on a particular emphasis of our Christian walk. Our more commonly known Christian seasons include Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter—with each one having its particular focus and emphasis for our spiritual journeys. Pentecost Sunday, which came on May 15 this year, marked the end of the Easter liturgical season, and the following Sunday began the lengthy season of Ordinary Time, which goes all the way to the end of the Christian year, or end of November.
As we worship over the next many weeks, we will remember God’s saving acts in history, we will experience God’s renewing presence, and we will anticipate God’s future promise for each of us and for all of creation. We will leap from Sunday to Sunday, learning and experiencing, in celebration of Jesus Christ; and in between, we will carry those memories, experiences, and anticipations into our everyday lives. Our Christian experience will continue to become our regular, every day, normal (ordinary?) experience.
Now that I think about it, perhaps ordinary makes more sense than once thought. Let us continue to endeavor to make living in Christ an ordinary part of our lives, reflecting Christ’s love and peace in all we do.
May you be keenly aware of God’s blessings upon you, and may you likewise be a blessing to everyone you encounter . . . Pastor Bob