June 18, 2018


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8:00am & 10:00am

  SUNDAY SCHOOL (Ages 4 to Adult)

9:30am

 

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First Lutheran Church

109 West Third Avenue

Warren, PA  16365

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The Church Year

Lutheran worship centers on the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Every Sunday is a celebration of Easter!

While the celebration of Jesus' resurrection is central to our worship experience, Lutherans follow a calendar that represents the life of Jesus in a yearly cycle.  Each season tells a story regarding God's love for his people.

The seasons are:

Advent

Christmas

Epiphany

Lent

Easter

Pentecost

 

 

Advent

Advent is from the Latin meaning "to come."  This season begins four weeks before Christmas.  

The season prepares us for the birth of the Messiah and also for the second coming of Christ.

The four Sundays center on the following:

First & Second Sundays focus on the parousia or end times.

Third Sunday - celebrates the message of John the Baptism as the last prophet before Jesus. This Sunday is also known as Gaudete Sunday (Sunday of Joy) 

Fourth Sunday celebrates Mary, the mother of our Lord who illustrates the true meaning of being a servant of God.  

The Advent Wreath is a symbol of Advent.  The wreath represents everlasting life and with each Sunday that passes an additional candle is lit representing the Light of the World drawing near.

The color for Advent is blue which represents "hope."

 

Christmas

 Christmas is an old English word meaning, "Mass of Christ."  While no one knows the true date of Jesus' birth the celebration occurs during the dark days of the winter - Jesus is the light of the world!.  Lutherans celebrate 12 days of Christmas (December 25 - January 5).  It is a season marked with joy and celebration.  

On Christmas Eve, three separate liturgies are traditionally celebrated.  Midnight - the Mass of the Angels, Dawn - Mass of the Shepherds and Christmas Day - Mass of the People.  The color for Christmas is white suggesting gladness, light and joy.

 

Epiphany

Epiphany is a Greek word which means "to reveal" or "appearance."

The day of Epiphany is January 6.  We celebrate God revealing Jesus as the Christ to the wise men.  The wise men give gifts of gold (the gift for kings), frankincense (incense used in worship symbolizing prayers rising to God ) and myrrh (oil for anointing and used to prepare a body for burial).  In some traditions this is the day for gift giving.  The color for Epiphany is white.

 

The season of Epiphany or Ordinary Time is that time which includes January 6 through the last Sunday prior to the beginning of Lent.

There are between four and nine Sundays during this season depending on the date of Easter each year.

This ordinary time include two festivals, The Baptism of Our Lord which falls on the Sunday following the day of Epiphany and concludes with the Transfiguration of Our Lord (the last Sunday prior to the beginning of Lent).

The Sunday Gospel readings focus on stories which reveal the true nature of Jesus to the listener.  The color for the season after Epiphany is green which represents spiritual growth.  

 

Lent

Lent is an Anglo-Saxon word which means, "spring."  There are forty days of Lent not including Sundays (Sundays are always a celebration of the resurrection of Christ). The forty day period is a reflection of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the wilderness immediately following his baptism.

Christians are called to use this period of time for introspection and lifting up the Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  It is a time of preparation for those who are to be received into the Church through the sacrament of Holy Baptism and also a time of renewal for all the baptized.  It is a time to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Crosses, crucifixes and statuary are veiled with purple cloth or unbleached linen.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, the most solemn day of the Church year.  The final week of Lent is known as Holy Week which includes:  Palm Sunday or the Passion of Our Lord, Maundy (new commandment) Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter.  The final three days are known as the Triduum.  

The color for Lent is purple which suggests somberness and solemnity.  The color for Holy Week can also be scarlet which designates blood or triumph.

 

Easter


The "queen" of feasts, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Our Lord.  The origin of the word Easter is not fully known but some suggest that it may refer to the fact that the sun rises in the East. The day of Easter is determined as the Sunday after the first full moon of spring.  The color for Easter is white
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Easter is fifty days of celebration.  Forty days after the resurrection the church celebrates the Ascension of Our Lord as it is written in the Gospel of Luke.  On the fiftieth day the Church celebrates the day of Pentecost when the promised Holy Spirit moves the apostles to begin their ministry as the Church.  The color for Pentecost is red representing the fire of the Holy Spirit.

 

Sundays after Pentecost or Ordinary Time

This marks the longest part of the Church Year.  A time for spiritual growth.  This season is bracketed by the festivals of the Holy Trinity and Christ the King.  The color for this season is green.

 

For more information regarding the liturgical calendar please consider the following links:

 

The Lutheran Liturgical Calendar

 

ELCA Notes on the Church Year