Ordinary Time Topical Study

Preaching and Worship Resources about Ordinary Time

"Ordinary Time" — the "green season" — may almost seem like a letdown after celebrating the great themes of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, but it is in "ordinary time," after all, that we live most of our lives. This season covers the time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday and between Pentecost and Advent. The liturgical color is green. Since the great liturgical seasons of the first half of the year focus on the great events of our salvation, from the coming of Christ to the sending of the Holy Spirit, Ordinary Time offers a season in which to reflect on the meaning of those events in our everyday lives. Long continuous lectionary readings from the epistles and the Old Testament are especially helpful in this regard. In some Protestant denominations this long season is split into three: * Epiphany: the Sundays after Epiphany until Ash Wednesday; the liturgical color is green or white. * Pentecost or Trinity: the Sundays after Pentecost until the Sunday closest to August 31; the liturgical color is red. * Kingdomtide: from the Sunday closest to August 31 until Advent; the liturgical color is green. Some Protestant preachers use Ordinary Time as an opportunity to do some preaching outside the confines of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). It may be a good time for a sermon series on important elements of the Christian faith such as the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, or the Apostles' Creed — all key elements of Christian catechisms, and therefore in the catechesis of the congregation. Others choose to use this time for preaching through books of the Bible, or portions of them, especially those not as well covered in the RCL. Ordinary Time includes several specially designated Sundays with their own focus and colors such as the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after Epiphany), Trinity (the Sunday after Pentecost), All Saints (usually the first Sunday in November), and Christ the King (the last Sunday before Advent).

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