Welcome to St. Luke’s!
A Note from the Vicar
We have just entered what is called Ordinary time in the Episcopal Church. It is that long period of the church year between Pentecost and Advent, during the summer and fall. It is called Ordinary time not because the time is ordinary but because it is based on the Ordinal. The Ordinal numbers refer to the Propers because they are the numbered sequence of Sundays following Pentecost beginning with Trinity Sunday.
The color for this time is green symbolizing new growth. Although called Ordinary, this time is anything but ordinary. At the beginning of the church year in Advent we followed the life of Christ from His birth at Christmas, through His early life and then His path to the cross at Easter. After His resurrection on Easter morning we celebrated the fifty days of Pentecost with alleluias. The fifty days of Pentecost ended with the arrival of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, inaugurating the beginning of the mission of the disciples to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I think of Ordinary Time as the time following graduation – graduation from school, college, seminary but most of all graduation from being a frightened confused disciple to being a bold messenger for Christ. We are in that time, that moment when we have been equipped with the story of the life of Christ over the past six months and now we are called to boldly proclaim the Good News of Christ to the world, just as the disciples did following Pentecost. In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The good news is that this mission extends to us today to “go and make disciples“. We make disciples when we live the Way of Jesus and in doing so make the Good News of Jesus alive in our corner of the world. So, during this not so ordinary time, follow the Way of Jesus and bring people to Christ by being the Word and example of His life in yours.