Liturgical Calendar

The Season of Epiphany

Behold!  Christ’s Light shines into the world as the Good News of God is made manifest to all of creation.

The  Epiphany of Our Lord:  January 6, 2016

  • A special service is celebrated on this evening.

The Baptism of Our Lord:  January 10, 2016 

  • This is the service where the Church celebrates Jesus’ Baptism in the river Jordan.

The Season of Epiphany continues until Ash Wednesday.

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for the events of Holy Week and Easter.

Ash Wednesday:  February 10, 2016

The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday includes a communal confession of sin and the Imposition of Ashes in the sign of the cross on our foreheads.  The ashes are a symbol of mourning and contrition ushering us into the season of Lent, a time of contemplation on our own broken-ness and our participation in the world’s brokenness. The Season of Lent continues until Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday.

Holy Week and Easter

The great events of human salvation unfold through the crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Death is conquered and eternal life is given to all.

Palm Sunday – The Sunday of the Passion:  March 20, 2016

This Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and involves a dramatic reading from Scripture with members of the congregation reading different roles in the story such as Jesus, Peter and Pilate.  We also bless and distribute palm fronds and march outside and inside the church to commemorate this festival day of Jesus’ triumphal entrance into the holy city.

The Paschal Triduum

  • Maundy Thursday:  March 24, 2016

The Institution of the Last Supper:  This service starts with a simple meal in the parish hall followed by a Holy Eucharist and foot washing in the sanctuary.  The remnants of the sacrament are kept in the aumbrey, and overnight and into the wee hours of the morning members of the congregation come to pray and keep vigil.

  • Good Friday:  March 25, 2016

At 12:00 noon members of St. Timothy’s attend the Yakima Ecumenical Seven Last Words of Christ Good Friday service held at one of the churches in town.

  • At St. Timothy’s, the Good Friday service in the evening includes the Solemn Collects and  the veneration of the cross.  The service concludes with the consumption of the reserve sacrament, the confession of sin and the extinguishing of the sanctuary light which is a symbol of Jesus’ death on the cross.
  •  Easter Vigil:  March 26, 2016

This service begins outside with the lighting of the Paschal candle from the new flame of Easter.  The service proceeds into the dark sanctuary with the singing of an ancient hymn of the Church known as the Exultet.  This hymn and the following scripture readings recount the great stories of our Christian faith.  Baptisms and renewal of Baptismal vows occur followed by a festival of the Holy Eucharist wherein the sanctuary lights come on in full brightness and Easter Lilies adorn the sanctuary.

Easter Morning:  March 27, 2016

The Day of Resurrection 2016 includes the Flowering of the Cross and festival Holy Eucharists with music at all the services.  In between the services is an Easter egg hunt for all of the children and a brunch for the congregation.
The Easter season continues to celebrate the Resurrection for fifty days until the Day of Pentecost.

The Day of Pentecost

The gift of the Holy Spirit is given to God’s people fifty days following the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This third great feast of the year is traditionally seen as the birth day of the Christian church.

The Day of Pentecost:  May 15, 2016

The color of this feast day is red, the color of flames commemorating the tongues of fire that were said to descend upon all the people of different languages and cultures who were able to all understand one another though their languages were different.  On this Sunday the church is lavishly decorated, and the readings from Scripture are often in  different languages.

The Season of Pentecost

God’s people live out the majority of the church year in “common time” also known as “ordinary time” – going forth as modern day disciples of Jesus Christ and spreading the Good News to all of creation.

St. Francis Sunday:  October 2, 2016:  On this Sunday we celebrate the life of St. Francis and his love for all of God’s creation.  Members of the church bring their pets to the service for a special blessing which harkens to the stories of Francis and his animal friends.

The Dia De Los Muertos:  Throughout the month of October on the special offering table in the parish hall people place pictures and symbols of their loved ones and baked goods in honor of their loved ones who have died.  This is a celebration from Mexico and other parts of the world and is a day of remembering our dear ones and that their lives go on in us.

The Feast of All Saints:  Sunday, November 6, 2016
The color is white which is the same color as Easter.  It is a day when the Church remembers the faithful witness of all those who have gone before us.   Often the necrology – the list of those who have died in the congregation in the last year – is read aloud during the service.

The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King Sunday:  Sunday, November 20, 2016.
The color for this service is white, and the readings from holy scripture reflect the kingship of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

The Season of Pentecost continues until the First Sunday of Advent.

The Season of Advent

God’s people anticipate the Incarnation of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day through the four Sundays of Advent and look for his return in glory.  The first Sunday of Advent begins the Christian year.

November 29,  2015:  The First Sunday of Advent
The Season of Advent continues through the month of December until Christmas Eve

Christmas

From the angel’s message of peace to the shepherds 2000 years ago to our own broken world of today God’s message of hope and grace begins anew for each generation.

December 24, 2015:  Christmas Eve
Christmastide continues until Epiphany.