A Year in the Life of the Church
Each Sunday in Sanctuary Worship, you may have noticed that the matching color of our pulpit cloth and clergy stoles represent the “Liturgical Season” of the Christian calendar in which we are worshipping. (You’ll also see reference to this season next to the date on the bulletin.) For many, this is a mystery they hesitate to ask about, so here’s the short course:
The United Methodist Church follows a “liturgical calendar” — in our case, we follow the Protestant Church Calendar — which divides the year into various seasons. The Church year begins in December with the joyous anticipatory season of Advent just as the secular calendar year is winding down, and ends with Kingdomtide, also known as “Ordinary Time” that stretches though summer and fall. Here’s a quick rundown of each Season of Worship in our Liturgical Calendar and what each means.