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  • Our Hymnal

  • Our Bible Reading Schedule

  • Our Pew Bible

  • Our Prayers

  • Our Liturgical Seasons and Colors


 

OUR HYMNAL

The Chalice Hymnal is our congregational worship book.

  • The hymnal contains 620 traditional and new favorite hymns and worship readings that add richness to traditional services, home-church gatherings, Taize meditations, community events, and many other settings.

  • You can order a copy here

  • You can find many of the songs from the hymnal on the internet here

 


 

OUR BIBLE

The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

  • The New Revised Standard version is the Bible translation we read from every Sunday.

  • Read and search the NRSV on the internet here

The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)

  • The RCL is a three year plan for reading the Bible that directs our Bible readings and preaching each week.

  • The texts chosen for each week can be found here

 


 

OUR PRAYERS

Life In Liturgy

  • This website offers you suggested prayers, hymns, and more for Disciples of Christ

  • Visit them each week for new materials here

The Disciples Home Missions

  • Our denominational division for evangelism has produced a pamphlet to help direct you in prayer : A Pattern For Christian Prayer

  • “Prayer is the very core of communication with God. Four steps tested by hundreds of years of Christian experience in prayer provide us with a sure pattern whenever we take time out to pray. These steps are reading, meditation upon what is read, prayer, and communion with God, or contemplation. Prayer, according to this proven pattern, is the upward, openhanded reach of the loving heart toward God. When Jesus was asked, “teach us to pray,” by His disciples, He prayed with them. By His Holy Spirit, Jesus still teaches us to pray in the same way.” — Stephen V. Sprinkle

 


 

OUR LITURGICAL SEASONS AND COLORS

 

Overview

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The Church Calendar

The Church Calendar is a global, historic way of ordering time according the the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

  • The Kingdom of God re-orders everything, even (perhaps especially) the way we view time. Rather than being first ordered by a calendar, the Christian year is ordered by a Story, God’s story in Jesus Christ. The Christian Year follows an annual cycle as we actually live into Jesus’ story of hope and redemption.

Click here to view a great video on the Christian Year.

Observing Advent

  • is about his anticipation. We imagine ourselves as the people of Israel, hoping and longing for the coming Messiah. In Advent we also remember that his Kingdom is not yet fully come, so we also anticipate Christ’s coming again to restore all things. There are four Sundays of Advent, and the colors of this season are purple and blue.

Observing Christmastide

  • is about his incarnation. We recall the incredible mystery that the Immortal became mortal, that the One beyond us came among us. There are twelve days of Christmas (typically 2 or 3 Sundays), and the color of this season is white.

Observing Epiphany

  • is about his revelation. Epiphany celebrates the coming of the Magi to honor Jesus, representing Jesus’ mission to bring his good news to all nations under heaven. In Epiphany, we remember Jesus’ earthly life and mission to bring God’s Kingdom among us and to reclaim the world and make it whole again. Epiphany typically runs for 7 or 8 Sundays, and the colors of this season are white with many other accenting colors representing the Kingdom life Jesus brings into the world.

Observing Lent

  • is about his crucifixion. The long season of Lent reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and atoning death for us, and calls us to renewed repentance. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and runs for 40 days or 6 Sundays, and the colors of Lent are purple, brown and black.

Observing Easter

  • is about his resurrection. We celebrate his rising from the dead and his triumph over sin, death and hell! Easter runs for 50 days or 6 Sundays, and the colors of Easter are white and gold.

Observing Pentecost Sunday

  • is about his ascension and gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father and animates the church through his life-giving Spirit. We generally celebrate Pentecost for at least 2 Sundays, and the colors of this season are orange and red.

Observing Ordinary Time

  • The second half of the Christian year, which typically runs from May or June through Christ the King Sunday in November, is about 24 Sundays. The color of this season is green, which reminds us of the ordinary seasons of natural change that we experience year by year. Whereas in the first half of the year we focus on the story of Jesus, this second half focuses on the story of God’s people throughout the Old and New Testaments. We are reminded year by year that we are part of the great community of believers throughout time and history that are called together to bear witness to Jesus and his Kingdom.

 

Reasons For Living The Christian Year

It enables us to live in God’s Story

  • Church Year spirituality forms Christian people around the story of redemption in Christ. It does not focus on “principles” or “steps” or “programs” for spiritual growth. It is thoroughly Jesus-shaped and uses the biblical story to conform our lives to his. As Israel was shaped by their story of slavery, redemption, covenant, and Promised Land, so the New Israel is formed by the story of Messiah.

It keeps the main thing the main thing.

  • Church Year spirituality is Christ-centered. It is shaped around the events of his incarnation, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and the outpouring of his Spirit. At every turn we see Jesus, we hear Jesus, we follow Jesus.

It recognizes that one’s calendar forms one’s life.

  • Church Year Spirituality is down-to-earth, utterly realistic about the day to day, season to season patterns of life that shape our behavior. All our lives we have developed habits by the way we mark and use our time. A spirituality formed around the Church Year is designed to form our habits around following Jesus. We take the place of disciples, and walk through the same experiences they had as they lived with Jesus day in and day out, season after season, over the course of three years.

It links personal spirituality with worship, family, and community.

  • Church Year Spirituality recognizes both the individual journey and the corporate pilgrimage. What happens on Sundays is of a piece with what happens during the week as our corporate worship and our daily lives as individuals and families are shaped around the story of Jesus.

It provides a basis of unity and common experience for Christians everywhere.

  • Our unity with other Christians is in the Gospel story. This is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and the other creeds of the church. Propositional doctrinal statements have their place as ways to express more detailed understandings of the meaning and significance of God’s saving acts, but our unity with other believers is in Christ. We celebrate this throughout the year when churches of various traditions and denominations celebrate the Church Year and conform their worship and congregational lives to it.

 

The Liturgical Colours

The colours of the hangings on the pulpit, communion table, and of the stoles and Communion vestments worn by the clergy are appropriate to the season of the church year.

 

Each color is symbolic:

White

  • for purity and joy, is used during the great festivals of Christmas and Easter.

Red

  • signifying blood and fire, is used on Pentecost and martyrs’ days.

Blue or violet

  • symbolizing penitence and mourning, is the colour of Advent and Lent.

Green

  • is for life, hope, and peace; it is used for seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost.

Black

  • represents great sorrow and is used on Good Friday.

 


Liturgical information was borrowed from here, here, and here.


 

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