A place for everyone, where God's love wins
According to the church calendar, we are now in the season called “Ordinary Time”. It’s a long season, spanning from the celebration of Pentecost on June 4th, to the first Sunday of Advent in late November.
This season is called “ordinary” from the word ordinal (as in “ordinal numbers”: first, second, third, etc). The Sundays after the celebration of Pentecost are called “the [first, second, third, etc] Sunday after Pentecost", so the season is called “Ordinary Time”.
But it also feels “ordinary” in the other, more common sense of the word: normal, with no special or distinctive features. Sometimes that very ordinariness is a comfort. After all, life is often ordinary. We get up, make our tea or coffee, do what needs to be done for the day, return home, rest, and do it all again. Ordinary time, ordinary days, ordinary moments, bring the big moments of our life together into a whole.
Jesus did some of his most amazing teaching while doing quite ordinary things, like eating, walking, even spitting. Jesus’ ministry was actually quite ordinary as he was with people, day in and day out. The extraordinary events of Jesus' dying and rising gave new meaning to the ordinary - for Jesus and for us.
During the summer months, Oak Bay United offers a one-room children's summer ministry called Star Kids. It's offered every Sunday during the summer months of July and August, starting on June 25th! Star Kids is developed and lead by our Youth Minister, Zach Burrill, and our Children & Family Minister, Tressa Brotsky. Each Sunday, we gather together with the adults and elders for 10am Worship & Song, and then move to Star Kids work - growing together in this great green season of "Ordinary Time".
Star Kids is for people who have finished Grade 1, up to Grade 8.
Our Preschool & Kindergarten Church continues to run all summer long too.
Older youth are immersed in the full Worship & Song.
The Great Invitation
As we to enjoy Sabbath time over the summer, whether we are heading out of town on vacation, enjoying lazy days at home or simply enjoying the light-filled evenings in the garden or on the balcony, remember that there is always a place for you at Oak Bay United, and we look forward to the community who gathers each Sunday morning, for 10am Worship & Song.
It is good to reflect on the ways God is present in the mystery of our ordinary days, any day or hour of the week. Our lives change for better and for worse; we encounter grief and joy, challenges and accomplishments; exciting and boring things happen. Sacred seasons come and go.
Always, in every ordinary day, Jesus accompanies us on our journeys of faith. Some moments will be extraordinary, and many will be ordinary. God will be with us, journeying with us through them all. Day in and day out. For this we give thanks to God!
As spring leans into summer,
the winds of Pentecost encourage renewal and growth,
and we are called as people of God,
ever as followers of Jesus, and
and love our neighbours
as we love ourselves.