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CHURCH YEAR SEASONS

The Christian Year calendar is our guide for worship and Christian faith formation. The beginning of the Christian year is the season of Advent, approximately four weeks before Christmas Day, and continues with special days and seasons following the life of Christ and the mission of the church.

There are two major cycles in the Christian Year. One is the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that is focused upon Christmas and the mission of the church. The other is the Lent-Easter-Pentecost cycle that has Easter as its focus. The Season after Pentecost is sometimes referred to as “ordinary time.” This is not because they are “ordinary” days. Ordinary is taken from the word for “ordinal” numbers. The Sundays during this time are designated by the “first,” “second,” “third,” Sunday after Pentecost, for example. Therefore, they are designated “ordinary” time because of using ordinal numbers to mark them.

Seasons of Church Year

ADVENT

From the Latin word, adventus, Advent means “arrival” or “coming” and marks the coming of Jesus as human being into the world. Including the four Sundays prior to Christmas day, this season is used as a time of preparing for the coming of the Christ child. Advent marks the beginning of the church year and is the first season in the Christian calendar. While many people think of January 1 as the beginning of a new year, the church year begins with Advent.

CHRISTMAS

The season of Christmas is actually a period of twelve days which begins on Christmas Day and continues through January 5. We typically think of the season of Christmas as beginning after Thanksgiving and concluding on December 25. However, for the Church, December 25 is the culmination of Advent waiting, and marks the beginning of Christmas.

EPIPHANY

The Day of Epiphany follows the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany, as a day and season of celebration, has been around as long as the celebration of Christmas.  Our January 6 celebration, as Christians, emphasizes the epiphany, or manifestation of God, and represents the revelation of God to the world in Jesus Christ.

LENT

Lent is a season of prayer, penance, and self-discipline, beginning on the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is forty days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays. The sixth Sunday in Lent is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and officially ends on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday then begins the season of Easter which lasts for seven weeks.

EASTER

Easter Day commemorates the day of resurrection of Jesus following the crucifixion. Easter is more than a day of celebration in the Christian calendar; it includes a period of seven weeks, and is known as The Great Fifty Days. The full period of Easter continues from Easter Sunday to the day of Pentecost.

PENTECOST

The day of Pentecost is the Sunday following the end of the fifty days of Easter. The Day of Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus in the immediate days after the ascension of Jesus.

THE SEASON OF EASTER – Year A

May 17, 2020
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY

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Sermon: “Feeling, but not Being, Orphaned” – Guy Sayles, guest preacher

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May 10, 2020
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY

Scripture: Acts 7:55-60
Sermon: “Listening to the Agitators” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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May 3, 2020
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:18-25
Sermon: “Faithful Endurance” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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April 26, 2020
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3
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April 19, 2020
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY

Scripture: John 20:19-31
Sermon: “Blessed Are Those Who Have Seen” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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April 12, 2020
EASTER SUNDAY

Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
Sermon: “More Than Conquerors” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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THE SEASON OF LENT – Year A

April 5, 2020
PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Scripture: Matthew 27:57-66
Sermon: “Security!” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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March 29, 2020
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Scripture: John 11:17-45
Sermon: “Defying Death” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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March 22, 2020
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Scripture: John 9:1-11; 35-41
Sermon: “Now I See” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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March 15, 2020
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

Scripture: John 4:5-29
Sermon: “How Jesus Gets to Us” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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March 8, 2020
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a
Sermon: “Journeys and Blessings” – Amy Stertz, Minister with Children and Families

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March 1, 2020
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

Scripture: Romans 5:12-19
Sermon: “The Free Gift” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY – Year A

FEBRUARY 23, 2020
TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20; Matthew 17:1-9
Sermon: “Why Christian? The Most Important Question of All” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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FEBRUARY 16, 2020
SIXTH  SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Scripture: Matthew  5:13-20
Sermon: “Why Christian? The Difference the Church Makes” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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FEBRUARY 9, 2020
FIFTH  SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Scripture: Matthew  5:3-12
Sermon: “Why Christian? The Difference Jesus Makes” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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FEBRUARY 2, 2020
FOURTH  SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Scripture: Micah 6:1-8
Sermon: “A Prayer for Judgement” – Casey Callahan, Minister with Students

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JANUARY 26, 2020
THIRD  SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Sermon: “The Foolish Message of the Cross” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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JANUARY 19, 2020
SECOND  SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Scripture: Psalm 40:1-11
Sermon: “A Brilliant Reason to Sing” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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JANUARY 12, 2020
BAPTISM OF OUR LORD SUNDAY

Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9
Sermon: “What is Baptism for?” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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JANUARY 5, 2020
EPIPHANY SUNDAY

Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-12
Sermon: “Hidden Mystery Revealed” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS – Year A

December 29, 2019
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23
Sermon: “Prophets and Dreamers” – Rev. Stephanie McLeskey, chaplain at Mars Hill University

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THE SEASON OF ADVENT – Year A

December 24, 2019
CHRISTMAS EVE

Scripture: John 1:1-14
Sermon: “Wonderstruck” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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December 22, 2019
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – LOVE

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon: “The Christmas Spirit” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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December 15, 2019
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – JOY

Parent-Child Dedication

Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10
Sermon: “Where Sorrow and Sighing Flee” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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December 8, 2019
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – PEACE

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
Sermon: “Strange Peace” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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December 1, 2019
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – HOPE

Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44
Sermon: “An Unexpected Hour” – Mack Dennis, pastor

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