Throughout the Church Year, special services mark holy days great and small.
Advent & Christmas
The liturgical year begins with Advent, when we enter Year A of the three-year Lectionary cycle of readings. During Advent we prepare for Christmas. On Advent I (Sunday, November 27, 2016), there was a family Advent Kickoff Party at 9:30 a.m. (no Sunday School). On Advent II (Sunday, December 4, 2016), we celebrated the feast day of St. Nicholas. On Advent III (Sunday, December 11, 2016), the 10:30 a.m. service featured Lessons & Carols. And on Advent IV (Sunday, December 18, 2016), the Christmas Pageant for 2016 took place at the 9 a.m. service.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
On Christmas Eve (December 24), there were two services. The early service, at 4:30 p.m., particularly suited to all ages, involved bringing crèche figurines forward to fill the nativity scene. The later service, at 9 p.m. was a candlelight service with incense. Christmas Day fell on Sunday in 2016, so there were two services, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The 8 a.m. service was Contemplative Communion without music and 10 a.m. was Contemplative Communion with music.
The Christmas Season
There were two services (8 and 10 a.m.) on New Year's Day, January 1, 2017, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. The visit of the Magi ended the twelve days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. We celebrated the Epiphany at the 9 a.m. Sunday service on January 8, 2017.
The Epiphany Season
The Epiphany Season lasts from Epiphany until Lent (through the end of February in 2017).
On February 28, a family Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Burning of the Palms ended the season.
Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) began the season of Lent with contemplative services which included the option to receive a cross made out of ash on your forehead. Services took place at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. (in place of the regular Wednesday evening service).
In addition, Ashes to Go was in its 2nd year in 2017. Ashes to Go brings Ash Wednesday to the city. This ministry took place at morning rush hour at the South Fort Collins Transit Center, and at lunch break in Old Town.
Click the link for a page of Lenten devotional resources put together by the Daughters of the King.
Holy Week & Easter
Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017) marks the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The service begins outside (weather permitting), and congregants carry palm branches and process into the Sanctuary.
Tenebrae (Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6 p.m.) The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." Tenebrae is an ancient Christian service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events commemorating the suffering and death of Christ. Join us for this moving service in the midst of holy week during the regular Candlelight Communion time.
Maundy Thursday Footwashing (April 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.) The word Maundy, which comes from the Latin mandatum (commandment), refers to Jesus’ commandment to “love one another... as I have loved you.” Foot washing, according to Jesus’ example, came to symbolize this love and service. Join us this night to recall Jesus’ words through this sacred action.
Good Friday (April 14, 2017) - Noon Book of Common Prayer service in the Sanctuary and 6 p.m. Second Annual Family Stations of the Cross.
The Great Vigil of Easter (April 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.). The first Easter service, it begins in darkness and includes the service of light (in which the new fire is kindled) and the ringing of bells by the congregation. The Easter Vigil service traces the story of God's work in the world from Creation through the Resurrection.
Easter Morning (April 16, 2017) Family Service at 9 a.m. followed by the Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. Festival Eucharist at 11 a.m.
The Easter Season
The Easter Season lasts from Easter through Pentecost Sunday.
On May 28 (Memorial Day weekend), we will have Bike To Church Day, featuring the Blessing of the Bicycles at the 9am outdoor service.
Pentecost and the Season after Pentecost
On Pentecost (June 4, 2017), there was cake at coffee hour to celebrate the Birthday of the Church. This video explains the meaning of the Feast of Pentecost.
The Season after Pentecost, also known as "Ordinary Time," is the longest season of the church year. It runs from the Sunday after Pentecost through the Sunday before Advent.
The circle begins again with the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.
Other Special Services
International Day of Prayer for Peace Service
Blessing of the Bicycles/Bike to Church Day
(Sunday of Labor Day Weekend)
Blessing of the Animals
(First Sunday in October at the 9 a.m. service)
Social Media Sunday
Last Sunday in September
All Soul's Day Special Music
(Last Sunday in October at the 10:30 a.m. service)
St. Luke's Day Worship & Party
(Third Sunday in October at the 10:30 a.m. Service)