Christian Year

The themes of our worship services and the scripture readings are drawn from an ancient Christian practice called the Christian Year. It has been practiced for almost 2000 years by the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant branches of the church. At it's heart, the Christian Year is a calendar that revolves around the story of Jesus Christ. Each season highlights a different theme from the life of Christ. The goal is that our church and our lives will be centered around the life, death, resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus Christ.

Season Time of Year Spiritual Themes
Advent The Four Sundays before Christmas. Preparing ourselves of the coming of Jesus. We remember what it was like for Israel to wait for their Messiah. We look forward to the return of Jesus.
Christmas Christmas until January 5th. We celebrate the birth of Christ and we look for Christ to be born within us in a new way.
Epiphany January 6th until Ash Wednesday The word epiphany means 'revealed'. We remember Jesus' early ministry and his revelation as not only the Messiah for Israel, but the Son of God and savior of the whole world.
Lent Ash Wednesday until Holy Week Lent is 40 days to commemorate that Jesus overcame Satan's temptation for us after fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. We remember what Christ did for us by prayer, fasting and giving to the poor.
Holy Week Palm Sunday to Good Friday During Holy Week we remember three important events in Jesus' life. His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). His last supper with his disciples (Maundy Thursday). His crucifixion (Good Friday).
Easter Easter and the 50 days after Easter Sunday. We remember that Christ has risen from the dead. We are called to die to our old life of sin and rise to a new life in the Holy Spirit.
After Pentecost Begins 50 days after Easter and goes until Advent. We remember that Jesus returned to heaven and poured out his Holy Spirit on the church. This is a time to focus on the church and its mission to take the message of Jesus Christ to the world.