Throughout the Church Year, special services mark holy days great and small.
Advent & Christmas
The liturgical year begins with Advent, and in 2017-18 we enter Year B of the three-year Lectionary cycle of readings.
During Advent we prepare for Christmas:
- On Advent I (Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017), we celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas at the 9am service.
- On Advent II (Dec. 10, 2017), the 10:30 a.m. service features Lessons & Carols.
- On Advent III (Dec. 17, 2017), the children's Christmas Pageant takes place at the 9 a.m. service.
- Advent IV falls on Christmas Eve this year, so the regular Christmas Eve services will take the place of the 9 and 10:30 am Sunday services (there will be an 8am Sunday Service on 12/24).
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
On 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. The later service, at 9 p.m. is a candlelight service with incense. Christmas Day is a Monday in 2017, so there is one service at 10 a.m.
The Christmas Season: 12 Days from Christmas to Epiphany
There are two services (8 and 10 a.m.) on December 31, 2017.
The visit of the Magi ends 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 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.
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).
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 (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 Footwashing (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.” 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 (March 30, 2018) - Noon Book of Common Prayer service in the Sanctuary and 6 p.m. Family Stations of the Cross.
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) 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.
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.
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 Candle-Lighting Remembrance
(Last Sunday in October at all services)
St. Luke's Day Worship & Party
(Third Sunday in October at the 10:30 a.m. Service)