HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN!
HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN!
The church is alive. She has a heartbeat; a breath; a rhythm. The church is the Body of Christ, made up of each individual member. The church calendar follows the life of Christ from start to finish, and invites us to go along with him. Every year we start over, following once again after Christ, and continuing to do so until he returns, or calls us home. This rhythm of the church year serves to teach us, help us establish godly habits, and learn to trust God for all we need.
The Church Year is divided into three main sections. Select one to learn more!
New Years Day for the Church comes very quietly. The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new year, and the quiet anticipation of our Savior King born as a human child.
Watching and Waiting
Christ, the Savior, is born!
The Gospel is for all people!
The Easter Season follows the journey of Christ to the cross and the empty tomb. We begin recognizing we are worth nothing but dirt - and end with a glorious promise that just as Christ was risen from the dead - we too will live forever with him.
The season of Lent takes on a more somber tone. Although we recognized the freedom and the life Christ has given us - we intentionally reflect on our own sinfulness and Christ's humanity and suffering because of it.
Sundays in Lent
We have journeyed with Jesus to Jerusalem, to the week of this crucifixion. We begin with a parade, as Jesus is hailed king on Palm Sunday. We join Jesus and his disciples in the upper room, where he gives us his final command, and The Lord's Supper. We see Christ crucified for our sins on Good Friday. The week concludes as we both contemplate the meaning of Christ's death and anticipate his promise coming true, that he would rise again on the third day.
Easter Morning kicks off this new and joyous season. We rejoice together in the fact that death could not hold him, and he is not dead but Alive! But Christ will not stay with us on earth much longer. He will ascend to heaven where he will prepare a place for us and all who believe. But He will not leave us alone. Christ sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in those who believe, and will work through us to turn the hearts and minds of others to Christ.
Now it's time to get to work. The Holy Spirit stirs up the church to good works - carrying out the command of Christ to love one another, preach the Gospel, and to baptize. The church will grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. This season illustrates our current season of life - we are continually working in God's kingdom until Jesus returns (as he promised) to raise the dead and bring all believers to eternal life.
The Holy Spirit is now stirring up the hearts of the apostles to preach the good news. During this long season (half of the year) we have a chance to reflect on lessons learned from the life of Christ, and put these things into practice.
Our God is One in Three. One God in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
The Season after Pentecost concludes recognizing that Christ is the King of the Whole World. There will come a day when every knee will bow - on earth and under the worth - and glorify Jesus Christ as King. This signifies Christ's eternal reign - and reminds us of His promise to return to us.