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.

Seasons

December 2 to December 23, 2018   Preparing to receive Jesus

December 2 to December 23, 2018

Preparing to receive Jesus

December 25, 2018 to January 5, 2019   Celebrating the Savior's arrival

December 25, 2018 to January 5, 2019

Celebrating the Savior's arrival

January 6 to March 3, 2019   God has been revealed

January 6 to March 3, 2019

God has been revealed

March 6 to April 20, 2019   Humility, reflection, and deepening dependence

March 6 to April 20, 2019

Humility, reflection, and deepening dependence

April 21 to June 9, 2019   Life overcomes death

April 21 to June 9, 2019

Life overcomes death

June 16 to November 24, 2019   Jesus' story becomes ours

June 16 to November 24, 2019

Jesus' story becomes ours


Holidays & Observances

December 24, 2018

December 24, 2018

January 6, 2019

January 6, 2019

March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019

April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

April 20, 2019

April 20, 2019

April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019

June 9, 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).