Our Worship – Lesson 15 – Purple Pararments

What do we use purple paraments? Purple is the color of the robe Jesus wore to the cross.  It is associated with His suffering and death.  We use purple during the season of Lent because we focus on His suffering and death, and because purple is also associated with royalty.  Our Savior was crowned with … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 14 – Lent

What is the season of Lent? Lent is forty days of prayer and meditation on the suffering and death of Jesus, in anticipation of the celebration of Easter.  During this time we go to Gethsemane, to the courts of Caiaphas and Pilate, then journey to Calvary to see the great price paid for our salvation. … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 13 – Altar

What is an Altar? An altar is a place set up or set aside as a dwelling for God on earth.  In Christian sanctuaries, it is the place associated with the presence of God. What does the Altar mean to our worship? The altar is our constant reminder that God is present among us.  We … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 12 – The Pulpit

What is a pulpit? The term “pulpit” literally means “platform, staging.”  It is normally a raised platform for the preaching of God’s Word.  What does the pulpit mean to our worship? The pulpit is the place in the sanctuary from which the sermon is preached.  Where the lectern is used for the reading of God’s … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 11 – The Lectern

What is a lectern? A lectern is a stand or podium from which a book or speech is read.  In Christian churches the lectern is used for the reading of the Bible to God’s people.  This is in keeping with the Old Testament tradition of reading the Torah from a lectern/podium in the center of … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 9 – Green Paraments

Why do we have green paraments? Green is the color of growth.  Green paraments are used in the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost.  Epiphany is the time when Jesus is revealed through His teaching and miracles.  This causes many to come to faith, and others to have their faith strengthened.  The season of Pentecost is … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 8 – Epiphany

What is the season of Epiphany? Epiphany is the season between Christmas and Lent.  It begins with the celebration of the day of Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem, where they found the answer to the question, “Where is He who is born King of the Jews?”.  The season is one where we … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 7 – Baptismal Font

Why do we have a Baptismal Font? We have a Baptismal Font because Baptism is a vital gift from God to us.  We are called to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  God grants the blessings of Jesus’ death and resurrection to those who receive … [Read more…]

Our Worship – Lesson 5 – Christmas

What is Christmas? Christmas is the Mass (liturgical worship service) of the Christ/Messiah (anointed one).  It is the celebration of the birth of the promised Savior whose name Jesus means “the Lord saves.”  God fulfilled His covenant promise to come as a man and save us from our sins.  While the focus of Christmas is … [Read more…]