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.
'Locked In Solidarity' Sunday on February 3rd, 10th or 17th
Do you have members of your congregation who have family members and loved ones under penal supervision or incarcerated? You are invited to join the growing list of partners who are joining the Christian Community Development Association's (CCDA) national emphasis on raising awareness on the impact of mass incarceration. Through prayer, raising awareness and advocacy the church can minister to scripture's call to live into Hebrews 13:3 - 'Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering' and Matthew 25:36 - 'I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’. To join this movement of churches obtain a 'Locked in Solidarity' toolkit by going to: https://ccda.org/justice-initiatives/mass-incarceration/locked-in-solidarity/
The Season of Lent
The word Lent comes from an Anglo-Saxon word referring to the lengthening of days in the move from winter to spring. The season begins with Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday following Transfiguration Sunday, and lasts for forty days (excluding Sundays). This is a reflective and penitential season, asking Christians to examine themselves as they remember the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf. Significant days during this season include Ash Wednesday, the Sundays of Lent, and the days of Holy Week.
Ash Wednesday calls Christians to remember their mortality and their need for the mercy of God. Palm?/Passion Sunday recalls Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the final events of his life. Maundy Thursday recalls our Lord’s last supper with his disciples and his call for Christians to love one another. (Maundy comes from the Latin word for “command.”) Good Friday focuses on the pain and sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Late on Holy Saturday, many churches observe an Easter vigil. The color chosen for Lent is purple. The color for Ash Wednesday may be black, gray, or purple; for Maundy Thursday purple; for Good Friday either black or scarlet (for the veiling of the cross); or all colors may be removed Maundy Thursday until Easter.
'B.L.E.S.S.' Sunday on or before March 17th
What is B.L.E.S.S.? B.L.E.S.S. is a new approach to prayer and evangelism. It’s less about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and more about loving our neighbors well. It helps us get “unstuck” and practice evangelism more effortlessly. B.L.E.S.S. is an intentional pathway for persons of all ages who follow Jesus to become like Jesus and join the mission of Jesus. We partner with God to reach and restore the world through blessing. There are five missional practices that make up the acronym B.L.E.S.S. and it is one way the local church participates in the strategy God gave Abraham to reach the world. “And I will bless you…and you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2). As we engage these practices daily, we partner with God’s Spirit to bless those who do not know Christ. For more information go to: https://covchurch.org/evangelism/bless/