- Advent (starting four Sundays before Christmas),
- Christmas (Christmas Eve and the two Sundays following),
- Epiphany (beginning on January 6),
- Lent (beginning with Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter),
- Holy Week (Palm Sunday through to Easter),
- Easter Season (50 days after Easter), and then
- Pentecost Season, a long season lasting until the start again of Advent.
Today, many congregations add in the Season of Creation, which is September 1 to October 5. (However, in Canada the UCC tends to slide this a week or so later to commence the Sunday after Labour Day and to take in Thanksgiving Sunday). This is an unofficial season.
We are currently in the season of Epiphany. Green is the official color of the season. Green, the colour of new life, points us to the new life we experience after the birth of Jesus and how God’s grace comes alive in each one of us as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. All the Scripture passages in church during Epiphany focus on events in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples’ responses.
If you would like to know more about the Liturgical Year, why and how we worship, and other things about the United Church, Dr. Caveney will be offering a course (online and in-person) this coming Spring.