“Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”
- Esther 4:14
With Lent, Easter, and Pentecost behind us, we now move into the season of “Ordinary Time.” Yes, that’s really what it’s called – the long summer and fall stretch before we begin the church year anew with the first Sunday of Advent.
But even during this so-called Ordinary Time, God does extraordinary things! Even more amazingly, God uses us ordinary human beings to do extraordinary work of the Spirit. During the month of June we’ll look back to the Old Testament for stories of ordinary people who rose to the occasion and allowed God to work through them for extraordinary purposes. These individuals all rose to the God-engineered occasion, against the standards of their day, some of them at great personal risk, to become instruments of the divine. In worship we’ll examine individuals like the Hebrew midwives who refused to follow Pharaoh’s orders to kill the Hebrew babies, David’s wife Abigail who stopped unnecessary bloodshed with her quick-thinking and humility, the unlikely hero of Jericho, Rahab, who was an agent of life in a warzone, and Esther, who used her position of power to save the lives of the powerless. Each of these ordinary people act against the rule of death in the world by allowing themselves to be used by the God of abundant and everlasting life.
Like these heroes of old, we too live in a broken world where death and destruction of life is all too ordinary. How is God asking us to rise to the occasion and be part of his plan of abundant and everlasting life? We are the ordinary people who God loves to use to do extraordinary things.
The Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be yours.
Katy Shedlock, Pastor
Rockford Community United Methodist Church
Come find some treasures and send some kids to Christian summer camp! June 3 and 4 all day!
Join us on Thursday nights, May 26-June 16 from 5:30-7:00!