Ordinary Pentecostals

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him” (Romans 12:1, Msg). We just entered a season of the church calendar called Pentecost, often called “Ordinary Time.” This is the longest liturgical season of the year, mirroring the fact that most of our life is spent doing things that don’t feel all that special.

Ordinary time spent doing ordinary things, that’s the soil of our lives, the soil out of which character grows. Faithfulness in the little things, loving the actual person right in front us, making the most of the hour we inhabit, right now, in the everyday places we live and move and have our being—such faithfulness planted in the soil of our daily life is how fruit grows and saints are made.

Does such ordinary faithfulness pull us off the stage of the great drama of God’s mending of the world? No. We are a “People of the Ampersand,” . . . you know, that symbol (&) that means “and.” We participate in God’s mending precisely through our faithfulness in the little things & are also called to the kind of courageous risk-taking and bold proclamation of the gospel we see in the Spirit-filled church of the book of Acts.

We join the slow march of God & are quick to bear witness to his goodness. We believe in God’s intervention through natural & supernatural means. That’s the Pentecostal life. As we emerge from the long difficult season of Covid-tide, and enter Ordinary Time, we make our Pentecostal appeal, “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.”

Peace, Cliff+

P.S. If you missed last week’s CliffNotes and Sunday worship, you can catch up here on some of the changes we’ve made to Sunday services and protocols.