When the Day of Pentecost Came by Mark A Hewitt, Pastel & Pen, 26 May 2012.

Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was an established Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16). Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning. It celebrates the unleashing of the Holy Spirit on the world and the empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel. In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; professes its confidence and security in knowing the Spirit’s power is available for its
mission; and grows in awareness of the immensity of its calling to reach the world with the gospel. The traditional color for Pentecost is red, after the flames described in Acts 2:3.

From: The Worship Resource Book, Page 693


The Ascension, by Dosso Dossi, 16th century. 

Ascension Day, the fortieth day after Easter, marks the day on which Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended to heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). Though often overlooked, the ascension of Christ is filled with theological significance. Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds “on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23). Finally, the ascension of Jesus serves as the prelude to Pentecost, when the power of the risen Christ came upon all believers through the Holy Spirit.

Some churches observe Ascension Day with a service on the actual day of ascension, which is always a Thursday. Others observe Jesus’ ascension on the preceding or following Sunday. As during the celebration of Easter, the liturgical colors are white and gold.

From: The Worship Sourcebook, Page 661.


The Resurrection, Rembrant van Rijn, 1635

All the hopes and expectations of Christians are realized in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, making Easter the most celebrative day of the church year. Some traditions begin their Easter celebration with an Easter Vigil service, either late Saturday evening or very early Sunday morning. The vigil recapitulates the biblical theme of redemption history through readings, helping worshipers see the powerful sweep of God’s actions throughout history. In this way it provides the entrance into Easter. The vigil usually begins outside, in darkness, and opens with a processional into the worship space. Historically baptism of persons instructed in the faith took place (and still does) as part of this vigil. The Easter morning service is a time of joy, celebration, and renewal. Even churches that do not customarily follow the church year celebrate this day as the culmination of all that the gospel is about. The liturgical colors are white and gold. In contrast to the somber starkness of Holy Week, on Easter the worship space should be bright and celebratory. Music and songs reflect the full joy of the victorious Christian faith because of Christ’s resurrection. Because the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration, Easter is only the first of fifty days of Eastertide, the “Great Fifty Days” that lead up to Pentecost. This season is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living.

From: The Worship Sourcebook, Page 631.





A wire artwork of Jesus nailed hand

A large-scale work of art made entirely from paper on Easter at Chester Cathedral

A 50 painted nylon-net strips for Pentecost at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco





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  • January 5 The Epiphany Eve 顯現日前夕
  • January 6 The Epiphany 顯現日
  • First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord 耶穌受洗主日
  • Last Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration Sunday 登山變像主日
  • 經課崇拜設計 https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship/lectionary-calendar?date=2018-01-07
  • 顯現節崇拜資源 http://www.textweek.com/epiphany.htm
  • 顯現節禱文資源 https://re-worship.blogspot.sg/2012/11/epiphany-worship-resource-index.html
  • 顯現節詩歌資源 https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/songs-for-epiphany/
  • 顯現節相關資料 https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/epiphany-resource-guide/

January 6, 2018
The Feast of the Epiphany

January 7, 2018
First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of our Lord

February 2, 2018
The Presentation of Our Lord

February 11, 2018
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
The Transfiguration of Our Lord