HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Church Year begins today, the first Sunday of Advent.
All religions have a sacred calendar, a means to remind us that we are not circumscribed by merely earthly things, that something bigger and more real is going on than what the eyes may behold.
The Christian Church Year is built upon and around Jesus – His first coming, his earthly ministry, his death, burial, and resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promise that he will come again. Built into the Church Year is the constant reminder that the Name of our God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The flourishing abundance that is in our faith is rooted in the overflowing life of the Trinity, where in eternal love and mutual interdependency the three Persons of the Trinity invite us into their fellowship and joy.
The Scripture readings during Advent focus on the Second Coming of the Messiah, not the prophecies of his first coming. It is a reminder that as he came in fulfillment of prophecy so he will come again as the prophets have foretold.
For some years now I have ordered the Church Year Calendar published by University Hill Congregation of Vancouver, BC. All of its artwork is commissioned by the church explicitly for the calendar. The artwork is suitable for framing after the Church Year has been completed.