Christian Calendar 2020

2019-2020 Bethel-Woodlawn UMC Christian Year Calendar      

 Clarksville/Woodlawn, Tennessee

VIII. Fellowship Season (Psalm 133:1)

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

19 April 2020                        Num. 4:21-7:89           Naso (Take a census of)

26                                          Num. 8:1-12:16           Behaalotecha (When you light the lamp)

3 May 2020                           Num. 13:1-15:41         Shelach (You send)

10                                          Num.16:1-18:32          Korach (Korah)

17                                          Num. 19:1-22:1           Chukat (The statute of)

24                                          Num 22:2-25:9            Balak (Balak)

31                                          Num.25:10-29:40        Pinchas (Phinehas)

Festival: Pentecost                            

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

(Weeks following Pentecost through June)

7 June 2020                          Num.30:1-32:42          Matot (The tribes)  

14                                          Num 33:1-36:13          Massei (Journeys of)         

21                                          Deu. 1:1-3:22              Debarim (The words)                                        

28                                          Deu 3:23-7:11             Va'etchanan (And I besought)

            Festival: Re-Dedication Service

      X. World Mission Season (Matthew 28:19)

(Weeks in July through 1stweek of August)

5 July 2020                              Deu.7:12-11: 25          Eikev (And because)

12                                            Deu.11:26-16:17         Re'eh (See)

19                                            Deu.16:18- 21: 9         Shoftim (Judges)

26                                            Deu.21:10-25:19         Ki Thetse (When you go forth)

2 August 2020                        Deu.26:1-29: 9            Ki Tavo (When you come into)

9                                             Deu.29:10-30:20         Nitsavim (You stand)

            Festival: Commissioning of Christian Workers

XI. Fulfillment Season (John 19:30)

(Last 3 Sundays in August)

16   August 2020                      Deu.31:1-30                Vayyelekh (And he went)

23                                            Deu.32:1-52                Ha'atzenu (Give ear)

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

Sunday, Aug. 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 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.

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