The Church Year
(Taken from The Religion of the Prayer Book by Walden Pell & P.M. Dawley)
Through long custom and tradition the Church has established its own yearly Calendar of Feasts and Fasts, called the Christian Year or the Church Year. The Prayer Book outlines the Christian Year in three ways:
By including the Calendar of the Christian Year among the tables at the beginning of the Book.
By providing a Collect, Epistle, and Gospel (to be used at the Holy Communion) for every Sunday and special day in the Church Year, including the “Octaves,” or seven-day periods following the greater Holy Days.
By providing a Selection of Psalms and Table of Lessons (to be used at Morning and Evening Prayer) for each day in the year.
As we celebrate birthdays and important anniversaries in our families, and holidays and patriotic days in our nation, so the Church observes its great days, anniversaries, and seasons. With us it is the life of Jesus Christ, which is most important, and so the Christian Year is based on that. His Birthday (Christmas) and His Resurrection Day (Easter) are the greatest days of our year. Every Sunday reminds us of Easter Day, every Friday of Good Friday. To prepare us for the Feast of Christmas, the Church Year starts with Advent, near the end of November, instead of on January first. So it is with the remembrances of the entire twelve months.
The observance of the Christian Year has a three-fold purpose:
First, it teaches us . The pageantry and carols of Christmas teach us all, even the youngest, of our Saviour's Birth. We learn of His Circumcision, eight days after His Birth, on the day which we also celebrate as New Year's Day. The Epiphany tells us of the visit of the Wise Men, Palm Sunday of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem , Good Friday of His Crucifixion, Easter of His resurrection, Ascension Day of His return to His Father. Whitsunday reminds us that the Holy Spirit came to guide the Church, and Trinity Sunday teaches us the doctrine of the nature of God. We learn also of Saints and Martyrs, of special times to pray for those entering the Ministry, for the gifts of nature, for our Nation, and so on.
Second, it helps us grow in the Christian life. Year by year the Church gives us this means of becoming more loyal and better trained members. The Christian Year brings such periods of fasting and special discipline as Lent and Fridays. It fills us with joy at God's great victories of the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Ghost. It provides spiritual food through the long succession of Sundays after Trinity, so that we grow like the green plant life all about us at that time. By holding before us not only the example of our Blessed Lord but also that of the Saints, who began as men and women like ourselves, it gives us encouragement and hope.
Finally, it identifies us with Christ. As we observe the Christian Year, our lives go through the general course of events of His Ministry. This allows us to enter into His own experience, and binds our lives more closely to His.
It also indentifies us with His Body, the Church, with other believers who are on the same pilgrimage with us, as well as with the Saints of old.
The Rev. Canon William Jerdan and his wife, Diane, were with us Sunday, February 9, 2014. Canon Jerdan preached at the Service of Holy Communion. Following the service, he gave a presentation about GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) which he attended in Kenya last October.
A Fund-Raiser for the Preschool the “Couples' Dinner Party” was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Thirteen couples and four other workers were at the dinner. A four-course meal was served with drink, salad, soup and dessert choices for the couples. Love song choices were given which were then sung and dedicated to their friend or spouse. Anyone wanting to share how they met or how God brought them together was given the opportunity. The music, meal, and night were enjoyed by all. Our special thanks goes out to our teen table servers, Kaylee Agent, Maddie Levi, and Bethany Tjoelker. Bethany also accompanied on the piano for one solo. Other pianists, Rev. Phil Tjoelker and Katherine Culbertson - we appreciate them. Thank you to our kitchen servers, Beth and Will Garrison and Franklin Sellers. Our sololists were: Jim Wahl, Tammy Tjoelker and Patty Levi. Janet Novak and Jacob Tjoelker watched the children upstairs who had their own pizza party. Profit so far: $370. Donations will also be coming in from the Preschool parents, who could not make it to the dinner. Thank you to all who came, helped and contributed. God was praised! We are grateful to Pastor Levi who spoke and helped set-up & Tutu Balogun for the extra decorating she did. May God bless you all!
The Youth Group had fun at a bowling party Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Lenten Services & Soup and Salad Suppers began Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
SOUP & SALAD SUPPERS & SERVICES
Continue for five more Wednesdays
Wednesdays, March 12th – April 9th, 2014
Soup Supper 6:30 p.m. Service 7:30 p.m.
Hand Chime Practice begins Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with Sunny Stiklius as the Director. Practices will continue every 1st & 3rd Thursdays now through June.
The Women's Guild led by Tutu Balogun, President, is collecting favorite recipes of every lady or gentleman in order to make a Church Cookbook. Please get them in to Tutu by the March 23rd Guild Meeting. Anyone needing their recipes typed, please see Sunny Stiklius.
5th SUNDAY POT LUCK
March 30, 2014
Those who wish to purchase lilies for Easter in honor or memory of loved ones, please turn in forms and money by Palm Sunday to Patty Levi, Church Secretary. Thank you!
NOTE: Forms will be available for you starting Sunday, March 23.
April 13, 2014
The children will wave palms and sing.
April 18, 2014
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service at 7:30 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 20, 2014
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.
“The Last Supper” Play at 9:35 a.m. downstairs
Easter Holy Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
April 27, 2014 following church
There will be a Pot Luck meal prior to the meeting.
All reports need to be turned in to the church office for duplication
no later than Palm Sunday, April 13th.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
June 11-13, 2014 in Philadelphia.
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 9, 2014
MISSION OUTREACH of the MONTH
Please be in prayer for Love INC (Love in The Name of Christ) and for Kim Sullivan, Executive Director.
Rev. Derrick Hassert