The Seasons of the Church
Early in church history, we split up the year into seasons based on the life and ministry of Christ.
We do our best to follow the church calendar, because it challenges us to read the entire story of God and experience each part of Christ's life more intimately in our own.
Christmas tells of Christ's birth. We read this story anew each year, and celebrate births of new life in our church.
The forty days of Lent—calling to mind the Hebrews’ 40 years of wilderness wandering, and Jesus’s 40 days of testing in the wilderness—are a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for baptism.
Advent, starting four weeks before Christmas, tells of the coming (or advent) of Jesus.
The season of Pentecost begins with the Day of Pentecost (concerning the gift of the Holy Spirit) and is basically a teaching season.
Ordinary Timeis the time in between Advent and Pentecost, where no specific time or event in the life Christ is celebrated. Rather, this longest period of the calendar celebrates the entire story of God, representing the new life and new stories for God's people.
Easter tells of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, his appearance to certain disciples, and his ascension to God.
Epiphany beings with the Manifestation to the Gentiles—when three wise men came to see the baby Jesus—and proceeds through key moments in Jesus’s life.
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