Ordinary Time? No Way
The season after Pentecost, is the season known as Ordinary Time in the United Methodist Church.
The word ordinary, according to the dictionary means with no special or distinctive features; normal.
So does that mean that there is nothing special going on at Sterling UMC this summer? There is nothing distinctive? Everything is just normal?
Actually according to the United Methodist Liturgical Calendar, in this case, the second period of Ordinary Time (the first being the time between Epiphany Day and Ash Wednesday) begins the day after Pentecost and continues to Advent. In this case the word Ordinary does not mean normal or not routine but refers to “ordinal numbers” used to name and count the Sundays.
Here at Sterling UMC it may be true that everything is just normal because there is always something special going on even if it’s called Ordinary Time.
Having already completed two weeks of summer camp, a week of local mission projects, and our annual yard sale, this summer started off special.
This week we commissioned seventeen youth and adults who departed on a mission to Pittsburgh in support of the efforts of the Pittsburgh Project.
Our summer children’s programs continue with our traditional camp this week, Art Camp beginning on July 22, Vacation Bible School starting on July 29; and a special edition camp for those children on the autism spectrum beginning August 5. For information on our summer children’s programs visit our Children’s Ministries page.
Our youth group (6th to 12th grade) activities include movie nights in the parking lot, a trip to King’s Dominion July 27, youth tubing August 4, and a Nationals baseball outing on August 17. For additional info on our youth group activities visit Youth Ministries on our website.
Our local mission ministries continue with GRACE Ministries food and clothing distribution on the second Saturday of each month and Backpack Buddies ramping up again in August for the new school year.
In addition our church leadership is busy planning the new programs that will begin in September including worship, music, education, fellowship, and serving.
And our summer worship series, Road Trip Through Luke, continues through Labor Day weekend.
So as you can see there is nothing ordinary about this Ordinary Time for Sterling UMC.
For more information about all of our programs and service opportunities, visit our website.
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