Seasons

Early on, Christians began to divide the year into several seasons, each observing a different aspect of the life of Jesus.

The year begins with Advent, which is followed by Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and a long stretch called “Ordinary Time.” Observing the seasons is a simple way to broaden our exposure to the full life and heart of Jesus, discovering ever deeper implications for our lives and our world. Mosaic’s worship services generally flow with the seasons, and most draw on the weekly lectionary readings.

December 2 to December 23, 2018
Preparing to receive Jesus
December 25, 2018 to January 5, 2019
Celebrating the Savior's arrival
January 6 to March 3, 2019
God has been revealed
March 6 to April 20, 2019
Humility, reflection, and deepening dependence
April 21 to June 9, 2019
Life overcomes death
June 16 to November 24, 2019
Jesus' story becomes ours
Holidays and Observances
December 24, 2018
January 6, 2019
March 6, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 18, 2019
April 19, 2019
April 21, 2019
June 9, 2019

What's the lectionary?

For centuries, churches have used lectionaries to guide the structure and content of their worship. In general terms, lectionaries provide pre-selected sets of Scripture readings for use at specific times. One of the most commonly used lectionaries for Western Christians is the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a three-year cycle of scriptures that's aligned with the traditional church calendar. It is applied more or less strictly depending on the denomination and local congregation’s styles. Throughout the year, the RCL offers four Scripture passages for each week: two from the Old Testament (always including a Psalm) and two from the New (always including a passage from one of the Gospels).