The Christian Year at Howarth United Methodist Church:
We have just completed the Season of Lent which ended on Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014. We are now in the Easter Season.
The Easter Season, also known as the Great Fifty Days, begins at sunset Easter Eve, (April 19, 2014), and continues through Ascension Day, (May 29, 2014) and the Day of Pentecost. (June 8, 2014). It is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year as it focuses on Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
Ascension Day is the fortieth day after Easter, when Christ ascended into heaven. Ascension Day will be celebrated on Ascension Sunday, (June 1, 2014).
The Day of Pentecost, (June 8, 2014) is the fiftieth and last day of the Easter Season, when the Church received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We then enter the Season After Pentecost (Ordinary Time). (June 15, 2014). The Season After Pentecost, also called Ordinary Time, begins the day after Pentecost and ends the day before the First Sunday of Advent. (November 30, 2014).
Ordinary Time doesn’t need to be “ordinary,” and is not meant to mean that somehow we get a break or that the Pastor shortens his message on Sunday morning. Our church urges us “to emphasize Jesus’ teachings concerning the Kingdom of God” during this time. This time is symbolized by the color green, a period of growth for each of us. (You will see the color “green” on the altar too).
I will have more on this later as we get closer to that time in our Christian Year. Just remember this: You are not ordinary, you’re extraordinary!
Grace & Peace,