Monthly Archives: August 2014

Understanding the Season of Epiphany

The period from Christmas (December 25th), to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent (March 5th), is the season in the Liturgical Calendar that we call Epiphany.  The word “epiphany” means “manifestation” and refers in particular to the manifestation of Jesus as Savior not only of the Jews, but of all the peoples of the […]

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Understanding “Pentecost” and “Ordinary Time”

Some people hear the word ‘Pentecost’  and think it is something that only ‘Pentecostal or charismatic’ churches celebrated.  But Pentecost is a celebration of the church year.  It follows fifty days (penta . . .) after Easter but it is a significant celebration in itself. Let me first tell you some things we were probably […]

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The Sacrament of Holy Communion (Part Two)

This month’s look at Worship, looks a second time at Holy Communion.  In the July-August Emilie News, we discussed the six major ideas about Holy Communion in the New Testament: thanksgiving, fellowship, remembrance, sacrifice, action of the Holy Spirit, and eschatology. We talked about how each of these ideas are present as we gather to […]

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The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The Greek word used in the early church for sacrament is mysterion, usually translated mystery. It indicates that through sacraments, God discloses things that are beyond human capacity to know through reason alone.  In Latin, the word used is sacramentum, which means a vow or promise. The sacraments were instituted by Christ and given to […]

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The Church Calendar

Recently someone I know who worships in what we generally call a “non-liturgical” church, asked me why “liturgical” churches make all this “fuss” about the “church calendar”.  To them, yes it is important to “observe” Christmas because it is the celebration of the birth of Christ, and Easter, because it is the Resurrection of Christ, […]

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