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Season After Pentecost

Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, TNThe 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 color of the paraments in the sanctuary changes to green, which symbolizes life and growth.

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.

During the month of July, as the run-up to the Presidential election begins in earnest, we will spend some time in worship reflecting together about the intersections of faith and politics. Our prayer is that this will be a time when we can think creatively and critically about who we are called to be and how we can live together in unity despite our differences. Additionally, our children will lead worship on July 15 after spending a week preparing through Choir Camp.