Lutherans and many others plan worship through the year by following the “church calendar”. This calendar celebrates all the main events in the Life of Christ and in the Church. The main events include:
Advent, the season of hope. The first Sunday of Advent often includes wishes of “Happy New Year”. It is the fourth Sunday before Christmas.
Christmas celebrates God made flesh in the form of Jesus Christ. This celebration lasts 12 days and leads to the Epiphany
Epiphany celebrates Christ being made known to the world by the arrival of the “wise men”, or “three kings”. The following weeks of the season of Epiphany celebrate the beginning of the ministry of Jesus, and his being “the light of the world”.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, and is a season of 40 days of self-reflection and atonement.
Easter celebrates the victory of Christ over death and the devil. The season lasts 50 days, longer than the season of Lent.
Pentecost celebrates the birth of the Church, and the Holy Spirit coming to all people. The season following Pentecost lasts five months, and is also known as “ordinary time” or the “green season”. We celebrate growth in Christ and our learning, and caring for one another. This season ends with Christ the King day, and the year begins again.