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Church Year Seasons

The Christian Year calendar is our guide for worship and Christian faith formation. The beginning of the Christian year is the season of Advent, approximately four weeks before Christmas Day, and continues with special days and seasons following the life of Christ and the mission of the church.

There are two major cycles in the Christian Year. One is the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that is focused upon Christmas. The other is the Lent-Easter-Pentecost cycle that has Easter as its focus. The other periods in the year are referred to as “ordinary time.” This is not because they are “ordinary” days. Ordinary is taken from the word for “ordinal” numbers. The Sundays during this time are designated by the “first,” “second,” “third,” Sunday after Pentecost, for example. Therefore, they are designated “ordinary” time because of using ordinal numbers to mark them.

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Advent

From the Latin word, adventus, Advent means “arrival” or “coming” and marks the coming of Jesus as human being into the world. Including the four Sundays prior to Christmas day, this season is used as a time of preparing for the coming of the Christ child. Advent marks the beginning of the church year and is the first season in the Christian calendar. While our calendar begins with January 1, the church year begins with Advent.

 

Christmas

The season of Christmas is actually a period of twelve days which begins on Christmas Day and continues through January 5. We typically think of the season of Christmas as beginning after Thanksgiving and concluding on December 25. However, for the Church, December 25 is the culmination of the waiting, and marks the beginning of Christmas.

 

Epiphany

The Day of Epiphany follows the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany, as a day and season of celebration, has been around as long as the celebration of Christmas. Epiphanies are those instances where gods reveal themselves, and make themselves known to humanity. Our January 6 celebration, as Christians, emphasizes the epiphany, or manifestation of God, and represents the revelation of God to the world in Jesus Christ.

 

Lent

Lent is a season of prayer, penance and self-discipline, beginning on the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is forty days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays. The sixth Sunday in lent is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and officially ends on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday then begins the season of Easter which lasts for seven weeks.

Easter

Easter Day commemorates the day of resurrection of Jesus following the crucifixion. Easter is more than a day of celebration in the Christian calendar; it includes a period of seven weeks, and is known as The Great Fifty Days. The full period of Easter continues from Easter Sunday to the day of Pentecost.

Pentecost

The day of Pentecost is the Sunday following the end of the fifty days of Easter. The Day of Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus in the immediate days after the ascension of Jesus.

Sermons from Advent 2019

The First Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2019

What Are You Waiting For?  — Sermon by Janet Cleland
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Sermons from the Season After Pentecost

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Gratitude and a Generous Heart — Sermon by Joel Snider
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The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

The Giver with a Generous Heart — Sermon by Emily Harbin
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The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

The Gift of a Generous Heart — Sermon by Joel Snider
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The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Apolitical Jesus — Sermon by Joel Snider
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October 20, 2019
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

In This Together — Sermon by Joel Snider
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October 13, 2019
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Vocabulary of Forgiveness — Sermon by Joel Snider
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September 29, 2019
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Unnecessary Famine — Sermon by Joel Snider
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September 22, 2019
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

In the Boat with Jesus — Sermon by Dr. Steven Porter
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September 15, 2019
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

On the Turning Away — Sermon by Joel Snider
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September 8, 2019
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Unexpected Blessing — Sermon by Joel Snider
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September 1, 2019
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Made for Us — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 25, 2019
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Take Up Your Towel — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 18, 2019
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Changes — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 11, 2019
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Orienting the Gospel — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 4, 2019
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The Gospel Feast — Sermon by Joel Snider
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July 28, 2019
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Looking the Wrong Way — Sermon by Joel Snider
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July 21, 2019
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Allegiance. Loyalty. Witness — Sermon by Frank Granger
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July 14, 2019
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Desires of Your Heart — Sermon by Joel Snider
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July 7, 2019
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus and Pythagoras– Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 30, 2019
The Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Pearl of Great Price — Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 23, 2019
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Injured Love as the Wrath of God — Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 16, 2019
Trinity Sunday

Pay Attention! You Might Just Learn Something — Sermon by Connie Ivester
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June 9, 2019
Pentecost

A Living Church — Sermon by Joel Snider
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Sermons from Easter

June 2, 2019
Ascension Sunday

What Are You Waiting For? — Sermon by Frank Granger
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May 26, 2019
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Drowning or Drifting? — Sermon by Joel Snider
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May 19, 2019
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Loaning Faith — Sermon by Joel Snider
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May 12, 2019
The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fabric of Resurrection — Sermon by Emily Harbin
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May 5, 2019
The Third Sunday of Easter

Children and Our Moral Conviction — Sermon by Joel Snider
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April 28, 2019
The Second Sunday of Easter

Repentance and Forgiveness Will Be Preached — Sermon by Joel Snider
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April 21, 2019
Easter

Resurrection in the Middle of Life — Sermon by Joel Snider
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Sermons from Lent

 

April 7, 2019

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Persistance: The Beige Virtue — Sermon by Ray Austin
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March 31, 2019

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Waiting Father — Sermon by Pam Durso
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March 24, 2019

The Third Sunday in Lent

Jesus’ Question — Youth Sunday Sermon by Zeke Williamson
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March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent

Decluttering Ourselves– Sermon by Pam Durso
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March 10, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent

Choose Joy — Sermon by Pam Durso
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Sermons from Epiphany

March 3, 2019

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Standing Between Journeys — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 24, 2019

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Travel Instructions — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 17, 2019

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Redefining Family — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 10, 2019

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Go and Tell — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 3, 2019

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Beyond the Table Into Life– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 27, 2019

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Filled with Fury — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 20, 2019

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Discipleship is Risky Business — Sermon by Frank Granger
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January 13, 2019

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

Times of Testing — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 6, 2019

Epiphany

Searching — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Christmas

December 30, 2018

The First Sunday after Christmas

Particular Christ, Cosmic Promise — Sermon by Christopher Adams
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