Let's Make This Extraordinary Time
It’s a new season—a new liturgical season that is. After Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, we enter the liturgical season known as “Ordinary Time.” The term "Ordinary Time" may be misleading. In the context of the liturgical year the term "ordinary" does not mean "usual or average." Ordinary here means "not seasonal." Ordinary Time is that part of the Liturgical Year that lies outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas. In Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates the mystery of Christ not in one specific aspect but in all its aspects. The lectionary readings during Ordinary Time help to instruct us on how to live out our Christian faith in our daily lives. The color for ordinary time is green, symbolizing hope and growth.
It is anything but an “ordinary time” here at SCC, but the words hope and growth are appropriate ones to describe our church family these days. We have concluded our Town Hall meetings, our Hopeful Imagination study will conclude soon, and we are indeed hopeful about our future. There is evidence of growth and hope as we congratulate our graduates and bless them on the next phase of their journeys.
I am confident that there is continued growth to come as we worship and serve together this summer. In service, we continue to offer our food pantry; care and concern, and Meals on Wheels ministries. Many of us will be involved in ministering to our children in Vacation Bible School later this summer. Soon we will form our Pastor Search Committee and they will begin working diligently to discern who God is calling to lead SCC forward in the months and years to come. Hope and growth abounds in this extra-ordinary season of “ordinary time.” I hope you’ll join us as often as you can!
As always, it is a delight to be on the journey with you!
Rev. Dr. Tracy Hartman