Church Year Calendar
As mentioned in the “Liturgical Worship” section we follow a church year calendar to make sure that we cover the important events and teachings of Christ every year. This is what the church year calendar looks like:
I. ADVENT (LATE NOVEMBER—DECEMBER)
The church year begins with Advent at the end of November and spans the next four weeks before Christmas. Advent means “coming” and it is a time of quiet reflection in preparation for the coming of Christmas and the coming of Christ at the end of the world. We also have midweek Wednesday worship services which prepare our hearts for Christmas.
II. CHRISTMAS (LATE DECEMBER—EARLY JANUARY)
For twelve days we celebrate the coming of God as a man to save us.
III. EPIPHANY (EARLY JANUARY—FEBRUARY)
Epiphany is a Greek word that means “appearing.” We remember the appearing of the star to the wise men, telling us that Christ is the Savior of all nations. We also see Christ appearing to his disciples, making himself known as the promised Savior as he begins his ministry.
IV. LENT (FEBRUARY/MARCH—MARCH/APRIL)
Lent is a time for humble and solemn meditation on the seriousness of our sins and the depth of Christ’s love for us that he took those sins upon himself. During this time of year we also have midweek Lenten service which slows us down to ponder the amazing love of our Savior.
V. EASTER (MARCH/APRIL— APRIL/MAY)
The sorrow of Lent is broken by the triumphant celebration of Easter, the highest of holy days for Christmas. We rejoice in the victory of the risen Christ over all of our enemies.
VI. PENTECOST (MAY—NOVEMBER)
The season of Pentecost begins 50 days after Easter and covers the remaining half of the church year. During Pentecost we focus on the teachings of Christ and their application to us.