The period in the church year following Epiphany and leading up to Lent is called “Ordinary Time,” meaning the Sundays not associated with Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, Christmas or Epiphany. The use of the term “ordinary” likely comes from “ordinal,” meaning counted, and should not be confused with being common. Although, during a ten-month period of a pandemic during which you are limited in activities, or even confined at home, the days may seem quite common. One thing is for sure, this year, though, the days following Epiphany and even Epiphany itself, January 6, have been anything but common, typical, or ordinary. The appalling events in Washington D C. last week left us bewildered, dismayed and incensed at words spoken and actions taken. These days are not common or ordinary and concern us all. Everyday, but especially over the next two weeks, we should pray for our nation, the elected officials, security officers, and every citizen, praying that God will grant wisdom and understanding to those in positions of power, that a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another will take place and that a spirit of peace and cooperation may come to those in positions of leadership. Hopefully, this will calm fears and restore and increase confidence in those elected so that all in our nation can live with hope.