Seasons of the Church Year
We celebrate the seasons of the church year at Hollywood: Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Our music, study, and preaching is informed by the unique themes and experiences of each season. From Advent until the Day of Pentecost we preach from the lectionary, and during Pentecost/Ordinary Time our services are more thematic and topical.
Listen to this sermon by our Lead Elder, Bill Salvador, that provides a great overview of our church’s experience with the seasons.
Advent is the anticipation of Christ’s first advent as a child and second future advent as the returning glorified Christ. The first Sabbath of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian “New Year”. The color of Advent is purple, representing royalty and Christ the King’s advent.
Christmas Day. The celebration of Christ’s birth.
The Twelve Days of Christmas. Just like the song. Traditionally a time of celebration and feasting.
Epiphany is the revelation of Jesus as Lord and King. Also known as Three Kings’ Day, where the three wise men affirm Christ’s kingship through gifts. This also includes the commemoration of Christ’s baptism, and climaxes with the Transfiguration of Christ, where God the Father affirms Christ’s sonship and glory. The colors of Epiphany are white, gold, and green to represent glory, newness, life, and hope. Jan 6 – Feb 24, 2009.
Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. This is a season of reflection, introspection, repentance, and preparation. At Hollywood, Lent is traditionally the period of preparation for our baptismal candidates (baptism occurs on Easter Sabbath). The colors for Lent are grey, black, and purple.