Throughout the Church Year,
special services mark
holy days great and small.
The liturgical year begins with Advent, and in 2017-18 we are in Year B of the three-year Lectionary cycle of readings.
Advent & Christmas
During Advent we prepare for Christmas:
- Advent I (Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018), we celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas at the 9am service.
- Advent II (Dec. 9, 2018)
- Advent III (Dec. 16, 2018)
- Advent IV (Dec. 23, 2018)
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, involves bringing crèche figurines forward to fill the nativity scene (you get yours back after the service).
- The later service, at 9 p.m. is a candlelight service with incense. Christmas Day was a Monday in 2017, so there was one service at 10 a.m.
The Christmas Season: 12 Days from Christmas to Epiphany
There are two services (8 and 10:30 a.m.) on the First Sunday after Christmas (December 30, 2018).
The visit of the Magi ends the twelve days of Christmas with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. We celebrate the Epiphany at the 9 a.m. Sunday service on January 7, 2018.
The Epiphany Season
The Epiphany Season lasts from Epiphany until Lent.
On February 13, a family Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Burning of the Palms ends the season. We do this jointly with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and in 2018, it will take place at St. Paul's (currently housed at Trinity Lutheran Church). See events page for details when it gets closer.
Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) begins the season of Lent with contemplative services which include the option to receive a cross made out of ash on your forehead. Services take place at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. (in place of the regular Wednesday evening service).
Click the link for a page of Lenten devotional resources put together by the Daughters of the King.
Holy Week & Easter
Palm Sunday (March 25, 2018) 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, March 28, 2018 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 Service & Stripping of the Altar (March 29, 2018 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.”
Good Friday (March 30, 2018) -
Noon Book of Common Prayer service in the Sanctuary.
6 p.m. Interactive Stations of the Cross for All Ages. This is a powerful way to prepare your family for the joy of Easter. Come prepared to walk around the church and grounds as we remember Jesus' last hours. At each interactive, family-friendly station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering and death.
The Great Vigil of Easter (March 31, 2018 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 1, 2018)
9 a.m. Family Service
10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn
11 a.m. Festival Eucharist Service
The Easter Season
The Easter Season lasts from Easter through Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost and the Season after Pentecost
On Pentecost (May 20, 2018), there is 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 2, 2018.
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