Church Year

Church Year

Easter. Is. A. Season.

Look, we do this post every year. Every year. It’s practically part of the mission statement of our church. Restoration Anglican Church: Joining God in the Restoration of All Things (and, oh by the way, Easter is a season). But, friends, we need to hear it every year. Lent is a season that lasts forty days—and it’s a vital and deeply meaningful part of the…

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday when Jesus lay dead in the tomb. In short, it is a day without Jesus. You will notice that we strip the altar table bare on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday we will gather around the cross to mark the time of his death without celebrating the Eucharist. On Saturday there is nothing but death and grief. What is…

The Miraculous Revelation of Epiphany

With the seasons of Advent and Christmas’ teachings anchored in our hearts the Church calendar journeys into what we call the Epiphanytide, but what does that mean? Epiphany means to manifest or to reveal something that has been hidden. Therefore, the season of Epiphany is the time when we reflect on the manifestation of God in Jesus and of the risen Christ. It’s when we…

Advent in Three Songs

I loved Amy’s reflection last week on being an “Advent Grinch.” Every year, I negotiate the balance of allowing myself to embrace a season of waiting without being a total party-pooper to everyone around me. One way I’ve managed this balance is music. Over the last several years, Amy has curated a couple of awesome Advent playlists for us on Spotify. In particular, last…