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O R D I N A RY T I M E I

The Life Guide is an invitation to join the congregation on our journey during this season.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” –J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Our lives consist of the turning of years, and you may often find yourself wondering where the time has gone. With all of the activity that regularly fills our schedules, you may too busy to even notice. It’s no secret that we live in a culture that touts crazy busy-ness as a virtue. As a result, our time is more valuable than ever before. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Are we living intentionally as disciples of Jesus?

Christ in the routine of everyday life reveals how seriously we take the miracles of Christmas and Easter.

How we keep track of time is a matter of our discipleship. How we spend our time forms and shapes us. For centuries, the church has lived according to an alternative order of time known as the liturgical calendar. This calendar helps us attune our lives to the life, death and resurrection of Christ so that we might follow Jesus and participate in His mission each new day and in each new season. The calendar invites us into a rhythm of feasting and fasting, lament and celebration, and ordinary and extraordinary events, all of which center on the memory of the cross and the meaning of the resurrection for our lives.

We invite you to pray, study, share and give.

In this season of Ordinary Time, we invite you to pay attention to the beauty of each and every day and moment. We invite you to look for the significance in every Sunday worship service. And we invite you into four practices that will help you follow in the way of Jesus.

By Jon Wasson Associate Pastor of Discipleship

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The liturgical season of Ordinary Time reminds us that we live the majority of our lives in between highs and lows where nothing of overwhelming significance takes place. Nothing particularly exceptional happens during Ordinary Time; there are no spectacular feasts, fasts or extraordinary events. Ordinary Time offers a simple and profound reminder: Life is more ordinary than extraordinary, more usual and predictable than unusual or surprising. Yet how we follow

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The liturgical calendar hinges on two major seasons — Advent leading to Christmas and Lent leading to Easter. Ordinary Time — the two periods of time between Christmastide and Lent, and then between Eastertide and Advent — translates the life of Jesus into the very ordinary practice of everyday life.

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