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The Season after Pentecost, often called Ordinary Time and sometimes called Kingdomtide, begins the day after Pentecost Sunday and runs until Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. It is the longest season of the Christian calendar. During the Season after Pentecost, we are back into Ordinary Time following the Easter feast cycle of Lent-Easter-Pentecost. The colors of the paraments in the sanctuary change from red, symbolizing the HolySpirit, to green, which symbolizes life and growth, during the season.
The lectionary Gospel passages focus on the ministry and teachings of Jesus, especially as they relate to the Kingdom of God (hence the name Kingdomtide). The term Ordinary Time makes this season sound boring and plain, but it is a wonderful season for growing in our understanding of the Reign of God through the teachings of Jesus Christ. In fact, the word “ordinary” refers not to the lack of exceptionality of the season, but rather the counting of the Sundays using ordinal (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) numbers.
This year, we will be turning to the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Kings in worship during the summer months. We’ll hear some well-known stories about Solomon and Elijah, as well as some of the lesser-known stories, such as those of Naboth, Naaman and Josiah. Additionally, the youth choir will lead us in worship after their choir tour on June 23. Following Choir Camp, our children will be leading us in worship on July 14 with a musical version of the Elijah story.