Christian Calendar 2019 - 2020

2019-2020 Christian Year Calendar

Bethel-Woodlawn United Methodist Church Clarksville, Tennessee

I. Creation Season (Genesis 1:1)
(Beginning first Sunday of September as in Early Church)


Saturday, October 5, 2019, 3p. Joint Multicultural Festival@ Bethel UMC

6 October 2019 Toldot (Generations of) Gen.25:19-28:9

Festival: World Communion

Providence Season (Genesis 22:14)

1 September 2019 8


Bereishit (In the Beginning) Noach (Noah)
Lech Lecha (Go you shall go) Vayeira (And he (God) appeared) Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

Gen.1:1- 6: 8 Gen.6: 9-11: 32 Gen.12:1-17: 27 Gen. 18:1-22: 24 Gen. 23:1- 25: 18

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

13 October 2019 20
3 November 2019 10

17 24

Vayeitze (And he went out of) Vayishlach (And he sent) Vayeishev (And he dwelt) Miketz (At the end of) Vayigash (And he went up to) Vayeichi (And he lived) Shemot (Names of)

Gen.28:10-32:2 Gen.32:3-36:43 Gen.37:1-40:23 Gen.41:1- 44:17 Gen.44:18-47:26 Gen.47: 27-50:26 Exo 1:1-6:1

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)

1 December 2019

Ve’ara (And I (God) appeared)

Hanging of the Green

Bo (Come [with me]

Beshalach (When he had let go)

Exo.6: 2- 9: 35

Exo.10:1- 13:16

Exo.13:17- 17:16

8 15


Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4 p.m. Joint Festival of Lights@ Woodlawn UMC

Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23

Tuesday, Dec 24, 19, 5p Bethel-Woodlawn Joint Christmas Eve@ Bethel UMC

Festival: Christmas

IV. Presentation Season (Luke 2:22)
(Beginning 1st Sunday after Christmas, Festal day: Sunday nearest 40 days after Christmas)

29 December 2019 Mishpatim (Ordinances) Exodus 21:1-24:18

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 19, 5p. Joint New Year’s Eve @ Woodlawn UMC

5 January 2020 12

Terumah (Offering)
Tetzaveh (You shall command) Ki Tisa (When you take up) Vayakhel (And he assembled)

Exo.25:21-27:19 Exo.27:20-30:10 Exo.30:11-34:35 Exo.35:1-38:20


Sunday, January 26, 20, Pastors’ Pictures

Festival: Church Anniversary

Proclamation Season (Job 19:25)

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



Pekudei (Sum of)
Vayikra (And he [God] called Tzav (You command) Shemini (On the eighth

Festival: Church Officers’ Dedication

Preparation (Lent) Season (Mark 2:20)

Exo.38:21-40:38 Lev.1:1-6:7 Lev.6:8-8:36 Lev.9:1-11:47

2 February 2020 9 February 2020 16

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

1 March 2020 8


Tazria (If a woman conceives) Metzora (The law of the leper) Acharei Mot (After the death of) Kedoshim (You shall be holy) Emor (You speak)

Lev.12:1-13:59 Lev.14:1-15:33 Lev.16:1-18:30 Lev.19:1-20:27 Lev.21:1-24:23

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

5 April 2020 Behar (On Mount) Monday (Bethel UMC)





Tuesday (Woodlawn UMC)
Wednesday (Bethel UMC) Bechukotai (In my statutes) Thursday (Woodlawn UMC)
Friday (Bethel UMC)
Saturday (Woodlawn UMC)

Bamidbar (In the wilderness)


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

19 April 2020 26
3 May 2020 10

17 24 31

Naso (Take a census of) Behaalotecha (When you light) Shelach (You send)
Korach (Korah)
Chukat (The statutes)
Balak (Balak)
Pinchas (Phinehas)
Festival: Pentecost

Num.4:21-7:89 Num.8:1-12:16 Num.13:1-15:41 Num.16:1-18:32 Num.19:1-22:1 Num.22:2-25:9 Num.25:10-29:40

Num.30:1-32:42 Num.33:1-36:13 Deu.1:1-3:22 Deu.3:23-7:11

Deu.7:12-11:25 Deu.11:26-16:17

IX. Personal Witness Season (Matthew 16:15-16) (Weeks following Pentecost through June)

7 June 2020 14 June 2019 21


Matot (The tribes)
Massei (Journeys of)
Debarim (The words)Va’etchanan (And I besought)

Festival: Re-Dedication Service

World Mission Season (Matthew 28:19) (Weeks in July)

5 July 2020 Eikev (Because) 12 Re’eh (See)


19 26


Shoftim (Judges)

Ki Thetse (When you go forth)

Festival: Commissioning of Christian Workers

Fulfillment Season (John 19:30) (Weeks through August)

Deu.16:18- 21: 9 Deu.21:10-25:19

Deu.26:1-29: 9 Deu.29:10-30:20 Deu.31:1-30 Deu.32:1-52

2 August 2020 9
16 August 2020 23


Ki Tavo (When you come into) Nitsavim (You stand) Vayyelekh (And he went)Ha’atzenu (Give ear)

Vezot Haberachar (And this is the blessing) Deu.33:1-34:12

Sunday, August 30, 2020 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 whichdenomination one belongs to. This confusion with calendars and civil years have resulted notonly 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 whatthe 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 ofthe Lord which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed feastsare 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 festivals and special days 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 withthe quality of awe in God’s annual resumption of his sovereignty over all his creation; that theIncarnation season like the Jewish celebration of Shavuot (Revelation at Sinai) is imbued withGod’s revelation through his Word which became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace andtruth; and that the Fulfillment season which culminates in the triumphant “all saints” festivallike the Jewish celebration of Sukkot is imbued with the quality of joy in the celebration of God’sgift 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.

But perhaps more important than helping us recover our Judaic-Christian roots, the Christian year calendar will also help us better understand what Jesus had in mind when he said in Luke 24:44, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you that everything written about me in the Torah, prophets, and the psalms must befulfilled.”

For example, (a) in Deuteronomy 17:18-20, it says,

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of thisTorah (law) which is in the custody of the Levitical priests, and it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brethren, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment either to the right hand or to the left; so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.

(b) Isaiah 42:21,

The Lord was pleased for his righteousness’ sake to magnify his Torah (law) and make itglorious.

And (c) Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of the sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers; but that his delight is in the Torah (law) of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

It is no wonder why in the Lord’s Prayer recorded in (Matthew 6:9-11),Jesus said,
“Our Father who art in heaven


Hallowed be thy Name Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth As it is in heaven.

Then Jesus said,
Give us this day our daily bread...”

David, therefore, acknowledged, in Psalm 19:7-11,
For the law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they that gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned and by keeping them, there is much reward.

David, then, put it this way, in Psalm 145:15, “These all look to you to give them theirfood in due season. When you give to them, they gather it up. When you opened yourhand, they are filled with good things.”

Compare also Psalm 145:15

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them food in due season.”

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