FatherTerryWebEditRev. Terry Street - Rector

Ordinary Times: Extraordinary God!

The time period between the liturgical seasons of Pentecost and Advent has traditionally been identified as “Ordinary Time” in our Church. Since we are progressing along rapidly in this summer of Pentecost or Ordinary Time, it is important to remember the meaning and importance of “Ordinary Time”. First, there is actually nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time. For instance, did you realize that it is the longest liturgical season of the entire liturgical calendar? You may have, at least, noticed that the liturgical color “green” adorns our altar, the lectern hangings in the chancel area and the green stole and chasuble worn by the Priest for a considerable amount of consecutive Sundays over a long period of time.

 

The length of time is not designated because the church simply likes the color “green” but because it is one of the most important and significant times in the Christian life and in the life of the Church. It is important because we are to take all the benefits and inspiration from the culmination of all the other liturgical seasons including Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and the Easter Season, so that it may prepare us to live out the Gospel and our faith in our “ordinary” day by day lives. We are called to live out our faith and faithful discipleship in the ordinary times, places, situations and circumstances of our lives.

 

It is during the ordinary times of our lives that we proclaim and bear witness to an Extraordinary God. Like the symbolic, themed graphic found on the front of our Sunday bulletin, we are to reflect the light of an Extraordinary God from the “leaves” of our everyday lives. In the end, it is not our private celebrations and worship of God that please him the most, but how we live our lives as a witness to the resurrected Christ . . . as a witness to an Extraordinary God! I would say that makes this Ordinary Season on extraordinary time of responsibility and challenge. It may feel like a daunting task. It is! Don’t worry. God does not set us up for failure. This is why he sent us Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit that was intended to empower us to take on and accomplish the task of a faithful witness through faithful discipleship, especially in our everyday lives. May all of our lives be a shining light and witness to our Extraordinary God so that others may find his redemptive grace!

 


 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


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August 17, 2018

 

 

SundaY WORSHIP


8:00 AM ContemplAtive Service (no music)

Alternating RITE I and Rite II


10:30 AM Holy Eucharist,Organ & Choir

Alternating Rite I and Rite II

 

Children's Nursery

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Wednesday Worship 


12:10 PM Holy Communion and Healing Service

 



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