Posts in the Sacred Time Category

Train Yourself to Walk with Christ

Posted onMarch 3, 2017 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

We’ve sounded the call for Lent, we’ve made preparations for its coming, and now, with Ash Wednesday on March 1, it is finally upon us. The Apostle Paul compares the Christian life to a race, one that demands preparation and training. He writes these words to the Corinthians: “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified” (1 Cor 9:25...Keep Reading

On the Celebration of Pentecost

Posted onMay 2, 2016 | 0 comments

The celebration of Pentecost marks the completion of the Easter Season, which began on Easter Day, the celebration of Jesus' resurrection. This is the "Sunday of all Sundays," the highest and holiest day of the year. The Easter Season is celebrated for seven weeks or fifty days. Within the Easter Season, forty days after Easter to be exact, the Church celebrates the ascension of Jesus on Ascension Day. Pentecost simply means "the fiftieth day," and this celebration marks the end of the Easter Season. ...Keep Reading

Christmas: A Night Like No Other

Posted onDecember 28, 2015 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Heavenly Father, captivate our imaginations once again with the glory of this story, that we might be known to the world to be captive to the one who was first made known to us in a manger, in whose name, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen ...Keep Reading

40 Days of Lent

Posted onFebruary 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Our church calendar has been leading us through the life of Christ as we, first, anticipated and prepared for his coming during Advent; and then second, we celebrated his miraculous arrival with the incarnation during Christmas; and then third, we reflected on the launch of Jesus' ministry into the world with Epiphany....Keep Reading

The Easter Season

Posted onApril 21, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Easter is the climax of the church calendar. With the resurrection of Jesus, his ministry and message are vindicated, death and evil are conquered, his royal identity confirmed, and new creation breaks forth to overshadow the old. ...Keep Reading

Lent

Posted onMarch 5, 2014 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

Lent is that time of year specifically set aside for us to remember that we are both finite beings destined to die as well as sinful people longing for forgiveness. It is a time to remember. ...Keep Reading

Epiphany

Posted onJanuary 19, 2014 | 0 comments

During this season of Epiphany, which lasts until the arrival of Lent with Ash Wednesday, we reflect upon the life and ministry of Jesus, and how as the the light of the world, he enlightened all those he touched....Keep Reading

Advent: Waiting for the King

Posted onDecember 1, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

The liturgical calendar tells the Christian story by marking certain moments and seasons that enable us to feel the rhythms of our salvation. Like any good story, it begins with conflict, with a crisis in search of a resolution. Our story begins with Advent....Keep Reading

Commission | Ascension | Pentecost

Posted onMay 16, 2013 | by: Wes Gristy | 0 comments

The sequence of Commission-Ascension-Pentecost sets the scene not only for the entire book of Acts, but also for the entire life of the church. We are a people commissioned by Jesus Christ to bear witness to him. As the ascended Lord of all, we are a people committed to bringing the reign of Jesus in heaven to bear upon this earth. And then it’s Pentecost that makes this possible. ...Keep Reading