United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave., Ste. 105
Sun City, AZ 85351
Web site: www.uccsc.com
Facebook: United Church of Sun City
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Communion - 1st Sunday of each month
Healing Service - 3rd Sunday of each Month
at 11:15 a.m. in Grace Chapel
Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
in Pastor Brady's Office
The Pastor's Post
It seems like I was just writing about the approaching summer. Now we are nearing autumn. At United Church that means the pace will be picking up – not that it ever really slows. I look forward to the return of the snow birds, we start having monthly board and council meetings, the choir starts practicing and performing, and before long we will be making plans for the holidays. Yes, it is true. Christmas is less than four months away.
Speaking of seasons, I have written before in this column about a season in the church year called Ordinary Time. Many of you see and ask about the reference to Ordinary Time shown on the screen in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. Here’s a quick review.
Ordinary Time is the longest season of the church year – either 33 or 34 weeks - but it occurs in two parts: from the Monday following the Baptism of Our Lord up to Ash Wednesday; and from Pentecost Monday to the First Sunday of Advent. This makes it the largest season of the liturgical year.
It is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church - the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent). The color of the season is green (About.com).
And there is nothing ordinary about Ordinary time. As I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, during the months ahead part of Ordinary Time (through Saturday November 29) will be filled with plenty of good United Church activity.
And in closing let me mention that on October 1 I will celebrate two years as your senior pastor. My how time flies! Thank you for the privilege of serving in this place.