By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 22, 2017

For many years, Highland Hills has followed the Christian calendar to mark the passing of time. During some seasons, our worship space is marked by the deep purple of the Lent or the white of Easter. We are now entering the longest season of our worship calendar. It is marked by green stoles and is called "ordinary time."

“Ordinary time” refers to the days of the year that are not Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. You might notice that this season is the longest season of the year. Its length as a season and its moniker as merely “ordinary,” offer the impression that we are all waiting around for Advent to begin again.The term “ordinary," in this sense, is not the opposite of special or "extraordinary," instead it is that time which is ordained for everyday living.

Think of it! During this season, we will continue to reflect on that for which we have been “ordained.” We will consider our extraordinary purpose as a congregation. We will wonder together about how God may be found in the middle of everyday life. That is the kind of "ordinary time" that I plan on enjoying and not merely enduring.

I look forward to our extraordinary summer together. How will you be passing the time?