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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 the Season After Pentecost

September 13, 2020
The Ordination of Emily Harbin

The Work of Ministry– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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September 13, 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Always Becoming New — Sermon by Matt Marston
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September 6, 2020
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Quiet in the Midst of Covid — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 30, 2020
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A Message for All Time(s) — Sermon by Frank Granger
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August 23, 2020
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

A Deacon With An Angel’s Eyes — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 16, 2020
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Open to Lead: Service — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 9, 2020
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Open to Lead: Trust — Sermon by Joel Snider
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August 2, 2020
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Open to Lead: Purpose — Sermon by Joel Snider
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July 26, 2020
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost — Graduate Recognition

The Balance of Friendship — Sermon by Livy Baxley
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Certainty in an Uncertain World — Sermon by Hollin Hargrave
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July 19, 2020
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

In the Weeds — Sermon by Emily Harbin
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July 12, 2020
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Delusional — Sermon by Joel Snider
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July 5, 2020
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Leading Causes of Life: Sacrifice — Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 28, 2020
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Leading Causes of Life: Power — Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 21, 2020
The Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Leading Causes of Life: Blessings — Sermon by Joel Snider
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June 14, 2020
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

The Leading Causes of Life: Connection — Sermon by Joel Snider
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May 31, 2020
Pentecost

Living in Babel: Praying for Pentecost — Sermon by Joel Snider
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Services from Easter

May 24, 2020
Ascension Sunday

On the Road to Hope — Sermon by Joel Snider
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May 17, 2020
Youth Sunday

Inspired Adaptability — Sermon by Emily Harbin
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May 10, 2020
Children’s Sunday

I Want to Be a Champion! — Sermon by Janet Cleland
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May 3, 2020
The Fourth Sunday in Easter

The Promises God Keeps — Sermon by Joel Snider
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April 26, 2020
The Third Sunday in Easter

Apocalyptic Non-Fiction — Sermon by Joel Snider
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April 19, 2020
The Second Sunday in Easter

We Interrupt this Life — Sermon by Joel Snider
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April 12, 2020
Easter

Resurrecting Easter — Sermon by Joel Snider
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Sermons from Lent

Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020

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The Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020

An Ezra Moment — Sermon by Joel Snider

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The Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020

Misunderstanding — Sermon by Joel Snider

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The First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020

Psalm 23: A Journey with the Shepherd
A Musical Worship by Pepper Choplin

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Sermons from Epiphany

February 23, 2020

The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Jacob and the Blessed Limp — Sermon by Joel Snider
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February 16, 2020

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

He Prayed for His Friends — Sermon by Joel Snider
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February 9, 2020

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Beyond the Wilderness — Sermon by Emily Harbin
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February 2, 2020

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Levite and the Concubine — Sermon by Joel Snider
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January 26, 2020

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

The People God Uses — Sermon by Joel Snider
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January 19, 2020

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Hearing God’s Voice in a  Noisy World — Sermon by Joel Snider
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January 12, 2020

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

Passing the Buck — Sermon by Ray Austin
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Sermons from Christmas

January 5, 2020
The Second Sunday of Christmas

The Irony of Epiphany — Sermon by Joel Snider
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December 29, 2019
The First Sunday of Christmas

Disenchanted Restoration — Sermon by Christopher Adams
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December 24, 2019
Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Meditation — Sermon by Joel Snider
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Sermons from Advent 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2019

Some Times Call for Love – Sermon by Joel Snider
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The Third Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2019

The Holiday of Joy – Sermon by Joel Snider
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The Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2019

O, Come Ye Faithful — A Service of Lessons and Carols
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The First Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2019

What Are You Waiting For?  — Sermon by Janet Cleland
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