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Ordinary Time 2013

As we approach the end of summer and the beginning of the school year and fall, the liturgically-minded among us know that we are in a season called Ordinary Time in the Christian year. It is not named “Ordinary” because it is plain or boring, but because it is a season in which the Sundays are counted using “ordinal” numbers (twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). The season goes all the way until the start of Advent in December. The paraments in the sanctuary are green, which symbolizes a time of growth and renewal.

During the month of August, we will be focusing on the theme of Sabbath as Carol prepares for her three months away from us for rest and renewal and growth. We will explore the ideas of experiencing Sabbath in Rest, Listening, Abundance and Play during the four weeks in the month. While Carol is away for most of the fall, we will return to the Revised Common Lectionary to guide our life together in worship. We will particularly be looking at the parables of Jesus in the second half of Luke’s Gospel, such as the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan and the Rich Man and Lazarus. We hope this season of the year will indeed be a time for growth and renewal for us all.