Sunday, January 5th, we will celebrate the Epiphany with the traditional
Epiphany cake and remove the Christmas decorations from the church.
This year John Womack and Carol McElroy will leave the vestry, as each have served two consecutive terms and are not eligible for re-election. The nominating committee (John and Carol) will put forth the names of Dr. Eddie Perryman and Marty Howeth for election to the vestry and additional names may be added from the floor.
After the Annual Meeting we will adjourn to the Parish Hall for further fellowship and a covered dish lunch. The meat will be provided but everyone is asked to bring their favorite side dishes and desserts.
The Christian year is as old as the Resurrection and our calendar reflects the various seasons and colors as we progress through the yearly cycle. As we began our new church the first Sunday in December with Advent a review may be helpful. The four weeks of Advent ("Coming") are devoted to preparation for the Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)-and the preparation for HIS second coming, in majesty to judge the world. Then following the events of his earthly life of self-sacrifice, we celebrate HIS Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Whitsunday). The second half of the Church Year is co-ordinate with the first, since it celebrates the continuing work of Christ, in His Church, by the Holy Spirit. So, the season of Advent has 4 weeks, Christmas has Christmas Day 12 days, then comes the season of Epiphany, then Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which concludes with Holy Week-the week from Palm Sunday to Easter. The season of Easter is about the same length as Lent, and ends Pentecost Sunday. The season of Pentecost, sometimes called Ordinary Time continues until we once again return to the season of Advent and begin the cycle once again.
Just as God has flooded earth and sky with color, so the Church has sensed the symbolic use of color in its worship. As dominating colors in nature change with the seasons of the fourfold year, so in the Church Year there is a structured change in the colors of the Eucharistic vestments and church hangings. Just by walking into the church before worship you can immediately tell where we are in the church year by the colors being used.
You might even say we have color coded worship!!
White, symbolizing joy, purity and truth, is used on the Sundays and open day of Christmastide and Easter, special Feasts and Memorial days, at Baptism and Marriages, and optionally for Confirmation. Gold is sometimes used in place of white on major feasts.
Red, the color of fire and blood, is used on Pentecost; optionally on Palm Sunday and Holy Week, feasts of the Apostles, and Ritual Masses Ordination and optionally for Confirmation.
the color of living things and of God's creation, is used on the
Sundays in the season after Epiphany and Pentecost.
Black, representative of deep sorrow, may be used for Good Friday and for offices and Masses for the dead.
penitence permeated with joy, may be used on the Third Sunday
of Advent and the Third Sunday in Lent.
New Year---and blessings always,