Ordinary times

The season after Pentecost, stretching from Pentecost Sunday to Reign of Christ Sunday in late November, is also called “Ordinary Time.” This year that phrase has special connotations, and special appeal. Following a year of very, very unordinary times, we are yearning for the opposite—an uneventful, ordinary season—as we begin to emerge from a way of life seriously curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sunday following Pentecost (May 30th this year) is Trinity Sunday. The Sunday after Trinity Sunday is the first undesignated post-Pentecost Sunday. We could say it is the first real Ordinary Time Sunday. In celebration of our continued move toward new social freedoms and openness, we are marking June 6th as a festival day for Laurel Heights.

Among the ways we will celebrate:

Come and See Worship Gathering on Rowe Plaza
9:00 -9:30 a.m.

Come and share worship with Holy Communion in the open air. A reception will follow.

Fellowship Time on Rowe Plaza
9:30 -10:00 a.m.

Come and enjoy refreshments and conversation with friends new and old.

Sunday School for All Ages
10:00 -10:45 a.m.
(9:30 –10:30 a.m. for certain adult groups)

Join a familiar group, or discover a new group for study and friendship.

Sanctuary Worship
11:00 a.m.

The return of congregational singing and the sacrament of Holy Communion will mark this special service of worship. (Masks and reservations are required.)

While many, particularly our children, still await protective vaccination opportunities, the significant number of vaccinations in our community has greatly slowed the viral spread. For that we can give thanks while maintaining our vigilance on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Health and safety are, we hope and pray, ahead for us. June 6th, the gateway to Ordinary Time, will be our celebration of hoped-for new beginnings as the body of Christ at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.

Grace and peace.