SACRED TIME

One powerful way of deepening a relationship with God is to get immersed in God's story centered around the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and on to the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and our growth in the Lord.  The ancient church developed the tradition of marking time by remembering the significance of the events surrounding the life of Christ.  Our Sunday services follow this calendar and so we invite you into this sacred way of marking time. 

 

Below are some links to information about the seasons and special days of the sacred year. But during each season, it is a great spiritual exercise to reflect on the following questions/themes:

 

Advent through Epiphany (4 Sundays before Christmas to the day before Ash Wednesday)

 

During this first season of the sacred year, focus on the theme of change in your life. Questions upon which to reflect:

- How do I face change?

- What are the circumstances and opportunities in my life which are inviting change?

- How does fear, patience, hopelessness, and hope play a part in the change I am experiencing?

- What must be left behind due to change? What awaits me on the other side of change?

- What losses must be grieved?

 

Lent and Holy Week (Ash Wednesday through Good Friday)

 

During this season of the sacred year, focus on the theme of suffering in your life. Questions upon which to reflect:

- How will I move through the necessary suffering which is a part of change?

- How can I identify with Christ in his journey to the cross?

- How is life inviting my egoic self to die?

- What are my go to behaviors I have used to avoid necessary suffering? How am I being invited to courageously let go of these behaviors?

- How is Christ present with me in my suffering?

 

Easter (Easter Eve through Pentecost Sunday)

 

During this season of the sacred year, focus on the theme of joy in your life. Questions upon which to reflect:

- How has God turned my mourning into dancing?

- What "new life" of deeper unshakable joy is emerging?

- How am I becoming aware of the deep abiding presence of the risen Christ with me in all moments and circumstances?

- How am I finding joy in union with Christ?

- How am I becoming aware of my "communion" with everyone and all of creation? How does this give me hope and joy?

 

Season after Pentecost

 

During this season of the sacred year, focus on the theme of service. Questions upon which to reflect:

- What opportunities are calling you to share your true self as a gift to this world?

- Where are you seeing Christ in the faces of those you serve?

- How are you entering into kinship with those you serve?

- How is your service to the world becoming more about being your true self rather than trying to be a do-gooder.

- How have you receive grace freely? How are you passing it on freely?

 

VIDEOS ON THE CHURCH YEAR

 

Chuck Knows Church is a series of corny videos produced by the Methodist Church that give information about the sacred year.

Church Year/Liturgical Colors

Advent

Christmas

Epiphany

Ash Wednesday

Season of Lent

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Paschal Candle

Easter 

Pentecost