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Come and Experience God’s love at St. Andrew’s during “Ordinary Time”

The Season after Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time.

NO ORDINARY TIME!

The term ORDINARY TIME is used to indicate the parts of the liturgical year that are not included in the major seasons of the church calendar. Ordinary time includes the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and the Monday after Pentecost through the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. A vigil or other service anticipating the First Sunday of Advent on the Saturday before that Sunday would also be included in the season of Advent.

How silly it is that this time in the church doesn’t have its own name; it is merely called “the season after Pentecost.” The time itself is not given the importance of being named, but instead is marked only in relation to Pentecost, a day of actual importance. And this lengthy, unnamed, seemingly unimportant season is often also called “Ordinary Time.” Rather than meaning “common” or “mundane,” this term comes from the word “ordinal,” which simply means “counted time,” because we number the Sundays for the next twenty-eight Sundays, when Advent begins.

It is NO ORDINARY TIME at St. Andrew’s!  The liturgical color for this time is green, and green has long been associated with new life and growth!  Our Search Committee worked long and hard to find a new Priest, and we are pleased to welcome Father Mike Loyd, who now serves as our part-time Priest in Charge.  We can all agree that, through the efforts of our Search Committee, our Lord is at work to fulfill His agenda and purpose for the church.

The presence of God is evident during every season of our lives, even the ordinary times.  One Sunday in ordinary time reminds us of this very fact. In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus tells us to remember the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. They are ordinary and seemingly insignificant parts of the natural world, small and unimportant compared to us. And yet God remembers and cares for each of them. It is a reminder that when God came and lived among us in the person of Jesus Christ, he experienced the same ordinary reality that we all experience. And that God, in Christ, offered us the opportunity to transform the most ordinary, mundane experiences into extraordinary events infused with the presence of God. God is there, present in the midst of the ordinary, just waiting for us to recognize it.