Welcome to the Season after Pentecost which stretches from the day after Pentecost at the end of May until the First Sunday of Advent at the end of November. It is the longest season in the church calendar and is often referred to as “ordinary time.”
I love what that says about the church and our spiritual journeys. You see even though there are moments of high drama and deeply moving events in our liturgical life together such as the birth of God in human form at Christmas or the end of that very special life on Good Friday and then his being resurrected back into the world at Easter – the bulk of our time together is spent in “ordinary time,” just getting about our life and trying to figure out what that means in terms of our faith.
We live in ordinary time. This period of approximately 5 months, therefore, is the fertile ground of our everyday lives into which we are being called to sow and cultivate the seeds of our faith. The liturgical color for this season is even green, which speaks to this as a season of greening and growth.
Throughout this season, you’ll hear stories of the first disciples of Jesus from whom we can learn much as we embark on our own journey as followers of The Way. Just as they often got the message wrong or lacked understanding, may we too be patient with ourselves on this journey. It is not a straight line. Ordinary time may feel at times like one step forward and two steps back and that is ok. We are not being called to walk a perfect path, we are simply being called to put one foot in front of the other and remain open to whatever insights the Holy Spirit has in store as we journey along.
So as I say each week in our worship service, “whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith” you are welcome to join us as we live into all that God is calling us to be in the ordinary days of our lives.
Peace and blessings,