January 2019

Season of Christmas - The season of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and continues for twelve days through January 5th. The season of Christmas is filled with joy, as Christians celebrate the arrival of Immanuel, God with us. Decorate your sanctuary in white for the season of Christmas.

The Season of Epiphany - Epiphany Sunday is January 6th and the season ends on Sunday, March 3rd. The season of Epiphany consists of up to nine Sundays, including the Baptism of the Lord ( the first Sunday after the Epiphany) and Transfiguration Sunday (the last Sunday after Epiphany). We remember the revelatory events of the life of Jesus including his baptism, first miracles, teaching and transfiguration. Epiphany means 'manifestation' or 'appearance' and refers to the new manifestation of God to the whole world through the coming of Jesus Christ. The color for Epiphany Sunday, the Baptism and the Transfiguration is white. All other Sundays in Epiphany the color of the sanctuary turns to green. 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

On Sunday, January 20th invite your community to a special service on the Beloved Community, or host a Table of Brother and Sisterhood, or introduce a justice theme for your church. You could also spend this year studying the principles of non-violent action in response to injustice.