Throughout the Church Year,
special services mark holy days great and small.
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
Christmas Eve (December 24), there are 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: One Service at 10am.
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.
The Epiphany Season
The Epiphany Season lasts from Epiphany until Lent.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (March 5, 2019) 5:30-6:30 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a tradition that has been around for many years. It is based on the ancient shriving tradition where Christians would confess their sins and receive absolution prior to the start of Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, so in preparation for this period of time, people used up all their "fat" and goodies in order to prepare for the Lenten season. This is where the term "Fat Tuesday" comes from and eating pancakes is a meal that will incorporate all those fatty foods of eggs, butter, milk and, of course, syrup. Traditionally Shrove Tuesday has become a time to celebrate before the solemnness that envelopes the time of Lent.
Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019) 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 7 p.m. Chapel
Silent Healing Service - Wednesdays (beginning March 13 at 6 p.m. Chapel
Morning Prayer with Eucharist - Fridays (beginning March 8) at 7 a.m. Chapel
Click the link for a page of Lenten devotional resources put together by the Daughters of the King.
Holy Week & Easter
Palm Sunday (April 14, 2019) marks the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The service begins outside (weather permitting), and congregants carry palm branches and process into the Sanctuary.
Silent Healing Service (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.)
Maundy Thursday Service & Stripping of the Altar (April 18, 2019 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.” This service in the evening recounts the Last Supper, which was the first Eucharist. We remember Christ's eternal promise to sustain his followers in sacred meal, and we wash each other's feet as a sign of service and love.
Good Friday (April 19, 2019) -7, 12 noon, 7pm The liturgy today honors Christ's crucifixion, his courage to live the truth even to death. We hear St. John's passion gospel, offer special prayers on behalf of the whole world, and honor the holy and life-giving cross.
- 5 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 (April 20, 2019 at 7 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 21, 2019)
8 a.m. Traditional
9:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn
10:30 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 (June 9, 2019), 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 1, 2019.
Other Special Services