The Christian church has seasons of the year centered around the life of Jesus and the early church, organized in what is called a liturgical calendar. In the United Methodist Church, these are called:
Advent (four Sundays before Christmas),
the Christmas season,
the season after Epiphany (Epiphany, January 6, celebrates the visit of the three wise men to infant Jesus),
Lent (Ash Wednesday through Holy Week),
the Easter season (Easter through Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on the gathered disciples), and
the season after Pentecost.
The times which prepare for and commemorate special sacred times in church life are concentrated around Christmas and Easter. The other times, the time after Epiphany and the time after Pentecost, are sometimes called Ordinary Time. “Ordinary” has a similar Latin origin to the word “ordinal”; Ordinary Time has “counted” weeks. However, no time is ordinary in God’s eyes. All time is useful.
Now is the time to refresh our spirits. Now is the time to deepen our spiritual lives. Now is the time to serve God.
“… we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. …. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 1:9-10, 2:6-7)
This post comes to us from Nancy Rutenber a friend and fellow Certified Lay Speaker. Thank you Nancy for your thoughts!by