Remembering the Sabbath Day in Ordinary Time. The Day of Pentecost (May 19) marked the start of Ordinary Time. This longest season of the Church Year runs until the first Sunday of Advent. Symbolic of a time of growth and maturity in daily expression of faith, our liturgical color has changed to green, except for at baptisms, weddings, and funerals. It is an incredible time to deepen one’s prayer life, read the Scriptures, unite more deeply with Jesus in the Eucharist, and become a more holy and whole person. It is an opportunity for people like us to answer God’s call to discipleship and become better messengers of the Gospel we were commissioned to be through our Baptism. One writer offers that “ordinary time is this day, this moment, now.”
As summertime approaches, school years come to a close, and our lives might have new variety including travel, let us “remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.” Not only is this the fourth of the Ten Commandments, it is imbedded in the Baptismal Covenant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God’s help. Every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and on third Sundays at 5:00 p.m., all who are able are expected to worship God in Word and Sacrament. If Sunday schedules might not permit, St. Peter’s offers Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 Noon worship in the chapel. If you are away from Charlotte on a Sunday or weekday, please worship at any Episcopal or other church and bring me a copy of the worship service leaflet. (I like to see what others are doing and it will remind me of my childhood visits to all sorts of places!)
God always is faithful to us and never takes a break from us. Let us strive, as followers of Jesus, to remember the Sabbath Day in Ordinary Time, and keep it holy.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector