What Is Ordinary Time And How Do I Celebrate It?

Ordinary time. It sounds so, well, ordinary. Simple. Plain. But Ordinary Time matters deeply, both in the Church Calendar and in our personal spiritual walks. 

Ordinary comes from the same word as ordinal, it is time that matters, time that is to be counted and treasured. It is common, daily time measured in common, daily life that matters deeply to God. 

Ordinary Time begins after Pentecost. 

The Church is empowered in Acts 2 to go into the world and spread the good news of Jesus. Ordinary Time reflects what that has looked like. 

Ordinary time. It sounds so, well, ordinary. Simple. Plain. But Ordinary Time matters deeply, both in the Church Calendar and in our personal spiritual walks. Click To Tweet

Traditionally, the season of Ordinary Time is the season where we remember anew the works of the Apostles and the saints that have followed them. As a Protestant, most of my knowledge of Christian history was post-Reformation. Ordinary Time is a season in which I try to dedicate myself to learning about how God has worked in His Church through all time, not just the last few hundred years. 

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This season, the longest one in the Church Calendar, is a celebration of how our work for God in daily life matters. It is not a season of big events like Christmas or Easter nor is it a season of preparation. It is a season of doing, each and every day, the little things that Christ has called us to do. If the rest of the year is Sunday morning service, Ordinary Time is the moment when we leave the pews and go out into the world, living the life we have been re-commissioned to live.

If the rest of the year is Sunday morning service, Ordinary Time is the moment when we leave the pews and go out into the world, living the life we have been re-commissioned to live. Click To Tweet 

For me, Ordinary Time is lived out in a few different ways. 

Ordinary Time leads me to a renewed vigor for the Great Commission. After Pentecost, I am reminded of the power of the Holy Spirit’s work in my life and how that should lead me to spread the word of God. Ordinary Time reminds me of the call to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all. 

Ordinary Time reminds me of the importance of the Church. When the Holy Spirit came, He did not descend upon them independently as individuals, but together, as a united Church. Ordinary Time reminds me of how God equipped us together as a Church and called us to be His Bride. During Ordinary Time, I am reminded that I am not an island but that I’m meant to live out my life in the community of the Church. 

During Ordinary Time, I am reminded that I am not an island but that I’m meant to live out my life in the community of the Church. Click To Tweet

Finally, Ordinary Time reminds me that other’s have walked this path before me. It is the season that embodies the Hall of Faith laid out in Hebrews 11. During this season, we immerse ourselves in the stories of God’s faithfulness in the lives of those who have gone before us. It is particularly meaningful to me to remember the lives of those who have lived since the time when the canon of Scripture was compiled. While this is not because their lives were more or less valuable than those in Scripture, it helps me realize that ordinary people, not just Biblical heroes, have seen God’s faithfulness. 

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The saints whose lives were not recorded in Scripture remind me that God is still active in His Church and active in the lives of those who love Him. Ordinary Time is a season where we can stop and recognize that everything we do, we can do unto the Lord. 

The saints whose lives were not recorded in Scripture remind me that God is still active in His Church and active in the lives of those who love Him Click To Tweet

So recognize this season.

Thank God for His work in the Church and the lives of the saints who have gone before you. Find a book on the saints and read about the lives of Christians you do not know. They aren’t just distant historical figures, they are your brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Put up reminders around your home of all that God has done. Think of how you can pass on to those around you and those in the generations to come a legacy of faithful dependence on God. Then, offer each and every moment of your ordinary day in service of the One who paid the extraordinary ransom for your soul. 

Let this season be a beautiful reminder,  not of the works of men, but of the works of a faithful God who has worked and who continues to work in His Church. 

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  1. I love what you said about recommissioned to live. That’s always my mindset when I leave a service or complete a chapter in one of my spiritual books. Such a beautiful post <3

    • It’s so important that we find what reinvigorates our walk and feed the things that cause us to love God.

  2. This was such an interesting post to read!! Thank you for this observation..you’re right! The Holy Spirit came upon them as a body…as one! Great post!!

  3. We can’t hide in church everyday only with people who think or believe like us. We need to go out into the world and show people how we act what we live just like the apostles. Heavenly Fathers time and our time are not the same. Patience is a virtue.

  4. Thank you for the book suggestions and the great information. A reminder to go out of the pew and into the world, even in small daily tasks is such a refreshing thing! Thank you for your obedience to call, remind, and encourage us to continue to go out into the world!

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