Ordinary Time
(Time After Pentecost)

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1974 sketch of the church by Karen Stoops, member Zion Lutheran Church
405 Hickory Street ; P.O. Box 68
Montpelier, Ohio 43543
(419) 485-8559
Serving Christ in Northwestern Ohio since 1859

updated July 9, 2017

We are located in West Jefferson Township, south of Montpelier, Ohio, and north of Bryan, Ohio, just off of State Route 15. For information about our worship services, including our schedule and worship leaders, visit our worship page.

Liturgical Themes and reflections:
The Easter season ended with Pentecost on June 4. The time after Pentecost is "Ordinary Time," because we are not in a particular liturgical season. Some church bodies call this time the season of Pentecost, but Pentecost and the theme of Pentecost is only celebrated on one day; therefore most church bodies recognize this time as "Ordinary Time" or count the weeks by Sundays after Pentecost.

Compassion:Compassion is to have and/or show concern for someone else’s suffering, which is caused by any number of difficulties, no matter how large or small, complicated or simple. Despite our shortcomings, our willful disobedience to Him as well as our, “O man, I did I again!” unintentional disobedience, God looks upon us with compassion. God has compassion on us whether we brought the hardship on ourselves (consider the child in the timeout chair for hitting his brother) or brought upon by the actions of others (consider the paralytic who was injured in a car accident that was the other driver’s fault). In his great compassion, God sent Jesus to suffer and die on the cross in order to free us from the oppression of our sin and give our weary souls a peaceful rest.

Freedom: It is the death of many soldiers that gives us our political freedom. It is the death of one man, Jesus Christ, that gives us spiritual freedom. Life in Christ is eternal. No longer bound by the requirements of the Law, we are free to live rather than condemned to die. Paul writes, “What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” That grace is the freedom from the death penalty because of God’s unconditional love. Unconditional means without regard to a set of expectations, without limits. Unconditional love is not license to do whatever we wish. A child does not get to hit his brother or smash all the lamps in the house because he is unconditionally loved by his parents. As Christians, Christ is our master. It is impossible to follow Christ and sin, because Christ does not lead us to sin, but eternal life. To put this in human words, if Jesus walks north and I walk northeast, I am no longer following Jesus. Through obedience to Jesus, by following him, we become righteous. Thanks be to God for His work of salvation and the free gift of eternal life for all who follow Christ Jesus. Romans 6

June 11 - Holy Trinity Sunday: The Sunday after Pentecost, the church focuses it's worship on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. It is the only such day that the church focuses on a teaching rather than God's acts of grace and mercy through Jesus Christ crucified. The Holy Trinity is part of the mystery of God, one God in three persons. God reveals Himself to us as such through the Scriptures.

June 4 - Pentecost: Happy Birthday, Church! 50 days after Easter, the church celebrates Pentecost. Pentecost means 50 days. Jews celebrate Pentecost 50 days after the Passover, as commanded in the Law. It was on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. We call Pentecost the birthday of the Church because it was at this time that faith in Jesus as the Messiah took root. Acts 2

May 25 - Ascension: 40 days after Jesus' resurrection, the church remembers Jesus' ascension into Heaven. Jesus' ascension is important, because it is only after he returns to the Father that the Holy Spirit will be sent to us. Luke 24