Commontime is Sacred Time.
The season of Commontime, also known as Ordinary Time, encompasses well over half of the year, which means we live out the bulk of our lives in this season. This seems appropriate, for Commontime is the daily, repetitive - even dull - place where we live most of the time.
A season of Commontime follows each of the tripartite cycles of the church year: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/Easter/Pentecost. The word ordinary is rooted in the word ordinal, meaning ‘to count’. Thus, these ‘days between’, these common days, are not simply ordinary in the way we usually use that word - uneventful, unimportant, boring - but are actually ‘Counted Time’, time that counts, time that matters!
The Commontime seasons are a profound way of recognizing that the daily, ordinary rhythms of our lives are sacred; that there is something holy to be found in the midst of what often feels like the daily grind; that God is just as present in the grittiness (and the glory) of an ordinary day as in the great celebrations of Christmas or Easter or Pentecost.*
During this Commontime season we’ll read through the Gospel according to John together. Few books compare to John’s Gospel account. In it Jesus is declared to be the bread of life, the light of the world, the good Shepherd, the resurrection, the life, the vine, the Son of God, and the very Word of God. Maintaining the centrality of Jesus in all things is where life is lived, as he is where life is found. This centrality is more than what we think or what we feel. It is life as truly human, where we lay down our lives and find them in Christ. True life, the life John desires for us, is a life related to the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.
Our desire is to make the reading plan easily accessible to all. In addition to a handout the daily readings will be posted via our social media outlets, and is downloadable We really want to encourage you to read in community. Connect with others from your Neighborhood Group, or grab two other people and follow the Life Transformation Group (LTG) guidelines. For your own free copy of a LTG handout you can stop by the Welcome Table to grab one, or download it from our Community page.
As John the Apostle brings his account of the gospel of Jesus Christ to a close, he tells his readers the purpose of writing his magnificent account was “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). John writes in order that we may experience a fullness of life in all of life - that it all counts!
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” - Jesus’ prayer to the Father, for you.
*Adapted from Kimbrlee Conway Ireton’s, The Circle of Seasons (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2008)