One Lord. One Faith. One Baptism.
The historic liturgical calendar is a tool that Roswell uses to help organize Sunday worship services around a holistic participation in God’s community and story. We don’t follow the order of service that many liturgical churches do, and so we likely wouldn’t be considered a liturgical church. But we believe that choosing to integrate scripture readings and liturgy into our Sunday gathering connects us to the people of God around the globe–hearing the same words and speaking the same creeds.
The calendar gives us seasons that help us to focus our hearts and worship on specific themes from Scripture. It plugs us into a rhythm by which the scriptures and even creation move. Each calendar season presents the church with a fresh opportunity to explore God’s truth while pressing deeper into God’s life and work.
For more information on why follow the church calendar:
Here’s a Blog article and an Audio clip explaining why we follow the church calendar at Roswell.
A great resource to consider reading on the church calendar, especially for those who are new to this, is Robert Weber’s book “Ancient-Future Time”.
Here is the general church calendar:
The forty days before Christmas, intended for focus on the incarnation of Christ.
The season following Christmas, in which the church proclaims Jesus to the world as Lord and King.
The forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday, and concluding the day before Easter, intended for preparation and anticipation of the Resurrection.
A fifty day season where we celebrate that Jesus is risen and ruling His kingdom, and that by his resurrection he has raised us to new life together with Him.
The season used to celebrate the reality that God, through His Spirit, is at work through and among His people. Literally meaning “50 days after,” the day of Pentecost falls 50 days after Easter.
This season’s name comes, not from ordinary, but the word ordinal, which means counted time. The time, beginning on the first Sunday after Pentecost, is used to focus on specific themes of interest or importance to a local congregation.