Christian Calendar

        2017-2018 Bethel-Woodlawn UMC Christian Year Calendar        Clarksville/Woodlawn, Tennessee

I. Creation Season (Genesis 1:1)

(Beginning first Sunday of September as in Early Church)

      3 September 2017                   Gen.1:1- 6: 8               In the Beginning         

      10                                            Gen.6: 9-11: 32           Noah

      17                                            Gen.12:1-17: 27          Go you shall go

      24                                            Gen. 18:1-22: 24         And he (God) appeared

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Bethel-Woodlawn Multicultural Festival at Bethel UMC

      1 October 2017                       Gen.23:1-25:18           Life of Sarah                                                   

                  Festival: World Communion

II. Providence Season (Genesis 22:14)

(Beginning 2nd Sunday in October, with Harvest Home/Thanksgiving 4th Thursday in November (USA)     

8                                              Gen.25:19-28:9           Generations of

15                                            Gen.28:10-32:2           And he went out of

22                                            Gen.32:3-36:43           And he sent

29                                            Gen.37:1-40:23           And he dwelt

5 November 2017                   Gen.41:1- 44:17          At the end of

12                                            Gen.44:18-47:26         And he went up to

19                                            Gen.47: 27-50:26        And he lived

            Festival: Harvest Home or Thanksgiving  

               III. Incarnation or Advent Season (John 1:14)

(4th Sunday before Christmas, Festal day: Christmas Dec.25; Epiphany:12 days after Christmas)

      26                                            Exo.1:1-6:1                 Names of

3 December 2017                    Exo.6: 2-9: 35             And I (God) appeared

10                                            Exo.10:1-13:16           Come with me

17                                            Exo.13:17-17:16         When Pharaoh had let go

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, 5 pm, Bethel-Woodlawn Festival of Lights at Woodlawn UMC

24                                            Exo 18:1-20:23           Jethro

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, 5 p.m. B-W Christmas Eve Service at Bethel UMC

            Festival: Christmas

IV. Presentation Season (Luke 2:22)

(Beginning 1st Sunday after Christmas, Festal day: Sunday nearest 40 days after Christmas)

      31 December 2017                  Exo 21:1-24:18           Ordinances

      Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, 5 p.m. B-W New Year’s Eve Service at Woodlawn UMC

7 January 2018                        Exo 25:1-27:19           Offering         

14                                            Exo.27:20-30:10         You shall command

21                                            Exo.30:11-34:35         Because when you take up

28                                            Exo.35:1-38:20           And he assembled

            Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, Pastors’ Pictures

            Festival: Church Anniversary

V. Proclamation Season (Job 19:25)

(Beginning 1st Sunday after Presentation Season; number of days varies with date of Easter)

      4 February 2018                      Exo.38:21-40:38         Sum of

            Festival: Church Officers’ Dedication       

VI. Preparation (Lent) Season (Mark 2:20)

(Beginning on Sunday, 40 days before Holy Thursday. There is no festival in Lent; all is preparation for the Great or Holy Week)  

            11                                            Lev 1:1:6:7                  He [God] called

            18                                            Lev 6:8:8-36                You command                          

            25                                            Lev 9:1:11-47              On the eighth  

4 March 2018                          Lev.12:1-13:59            If a woman conceives

11                                            Lev.14:1-15:33            The law of the leper

18                                            Lev 16:1-18:30            After the death of                                                                                           

VII. The Great or Holy Week (Leviticus 23:4)

(Palm Sunday to Easter, beginning on the 6th Sunday in Lent; Festal day: Easter, anniversary of the resurrection)

      25                                            Lev 19:1-20:27            You shall be holy                      

            Monday, (Woodlawn UMC)                    

            Tuesday (Bethel UMC) Lev 21:1-24:23         You speak   

            Wednesday (New Providence UMC)                          

            Thursday (Woodlawn UMC)            

            Friday  (Bethel UMC) Lev 25:2-26:2              On Mount

            Saturday (New Providence UMC)

1 April 2018                            Lev 26:3-27:34            In my statutes

            Festival: Easter

VIII. Fellowship Season (Psalm 133:1)

(Beginning on the 1st Sunday after Easter, commonly called the Octave of Easter. A 50 day period. Festal day: Pentecost, 50 days after Easter)

      8                                              Num. 1:1-4:20             In the wilderness        

      15                                            Num. 4:21-7:89          Take a census of                        

22                                            Num. 8:1-12:16           When you light the lamp     

29                                            Num. 13:1-15:41         You send

6 May 2018                             Num.16:1-18:32          Korah

13                                            Num. 19:1-22:1           The statute of

20                                            Num 22:2-25:9            Balaak

            Festival: Pentecost                            

IX. Personal Witness Season (Matthew 16:15-16)

(Weeks following Pentecost through June)

27                                            Num.25:10-29:40        Phinehas

3 June 2018                            Num.30:1-32:42          The tribes

10                                            Num 33:1-36:13          Journeys of

17                                            Deu. 1:1-3:22              The words                                        

24                                            Deu 3:23-7:11             And I besought

            Festival: Re-Dedication Service

      X. World Mission Season (Matthew 28:19)

(Weeks in July through 1st week of August)

1 July 2018                             Deu.7:12-11: 25          And because

8                                              Deu.11:26-16:17         See

15                                            Deu.16:18- 21: 9         Judges

22                                            Deu.21:10-25:19         When you go forth

29                                            Deu.26:1-29: 9            When you come into

5 August 2018                        Deu.29:10-30:20         You stand

            Festival: Commissioning of Christian Workers

XI. Fulfillment Season (John 19:30)

(Last 3 Sundays in August)

12 August 2018                      Deu.31:1-30                And he went

19                                            Deu.32:1-52                Give ear

26                                            Deu.33:1-34:12           And this is the blessing

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 Tree of Life

            Festival: Triumphant “All Saints”

Special note from Dr. Poe about the above Christian year calendar:

Few are aware that the Christian year has had various “calendars” depending on which denomination one belongs to. This confusion with calendars and civil years have resulted not only in a truncated “half year” called Advent to Easter, but also in the loss of a full cycle of instruction for the life, work, and witness of the Christ-commanded Churches.

Only Biblical scholars whose task is to defend the integrity of the biblical witness, know that the great body of Eastern Churches have an unbroken practice of beginning the Christian year in September with Creation as the motif and ending it at the close of August with Fulfillment as the theme.

The significance of the Christian year calendar is such that it will help us to recover our Judaic-Christian roots which goes all the way back to the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. For example, the Christian year calendar like the Hebraic or Jewish calendar is punctuated with what the Bible calls “callings of the holiness” (Leviticus 23:1-4) which refers to festivals and special days possessing special spiritual qualities:

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, the appointed feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed feasts are these…These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.”   

Please note that these are more than commemorations of historical events. For example, the very substance of the time occupied by the Holy Week which culminates in Easter is imbued with the quality of freedom or redemption from slavery to sin and death just like the Jewish Pesach or Passover, a celebration of the freedom from slavery in Egypt; that the Creation season like the Jewish celebration of the Rosh Hashanah is imbued with the quality of awe in God’s annual resumption of his sovereignty over all his creation; that the Incarnation season like the Jewish celebration of Shavuot (Revelation at Sinai) is imbued with God’s revelation through his Word which became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth; and that the Fulfillment season which culminates in the triumphant “all saints” festival like the Jewish celebration of Sukkot is imbued with the quality of joy in the celebration of God’s gift of life here on earth and continues with the glorious celebration in heaven when we shall be brought face to face with God the Father and worship him gladly and triumphantly without end.

Adult Sunday School 10:00 AM
Worhip Service 11:00 AM
Church Wide Bible Study 6:30 PM

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