Nothing Ordinary about Ordinary Time

Though we did not officially recognize it at my church this morning, today is the first Sunday after Trinity Sunday which marks the beginning of what is known as “Ordinary Time” in the church calendar. Here’s a short article by Douglas Wilson on “Ordinary Time” and why there’s really nothing ordinary at all about living in light of the finished work of Christ. An excerpt:

“This is Trinity Sunday, the beginning of the backstretch of the church year. From Advent through Pentecost, we commemorate the life of Christ our Lord, marking His arrival in our midst, His life, His death and resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon His people. Our observance of these days takes half the year.

Trinity Sunday is the Sunday after Pentecost, and is the eighth Sunday after Easter. It commences the “ordinary” half of the year, but we have to realize that if what we have said from Advent through Pentecost is true, then nothing is really ordinary. We live our lives in the light of the triune God, walking in His ways, building on the foundation of the historical events we have marked and commemorated”

And here is another thought-provoking article by Wilson that I enjoyed about the importance of numbering our days in a distinctively Christian way, by following the church calendar.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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