Rev. Dai Morgan of Living Spirit Ministry-Swissvale United Methodist Church explains the Christian calendar.
By Rev. Dai Morgan Last Sunday, church goers noticed a change in the worship setting. Purple has become the prominent color of the paraments and decorations in church sanctuaries and worship centers. A set of four candles will be prominently displayed and each week one will be lit progressively, until all four will shine their lights. Scripture lessons featuring John the Baptist will be read to the congregation. And as Christmas moves closer, Christmas trees and other ornamentation will most likely be added. This is the season of Advent. Today marks the second Sunday of Advent. It consists of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. In fact, Advent is the first season on the Church calendar. Since this is the beginning of the Church year…
Reflect on the wonder of now.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
By Rev. Beckie Hickok We are now in the season of Epiphany—from the Greek word, epiphanos—“to appear openly." The Season of Epiphany from Jan. 6 until Ash Wednesday is the time of the church’s proclamation of the appearance of Christ to the world. The story of the Magi or Wise Men or astrologers or Kings, whatever we call them, in Matthew’s gospel reminds us of that proclamation and that promise. It is the story of Three Men and a Baby. Three men who saw a star shining brightly in the night sky and, with hearts full of curiosity and wonder, decided to follow it. Westward leading, still proceeding, they travelled until they reached the house of Joseph and Mary, where upon seeing, “the child with Mary his mother ..they fell down and …
Local church holds ceremony this week.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hope Lutheran Church in Forest Hills is holding a Taize prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday celebrating the Epiphany.