The liturgical year is neither a series of ideas nor a sequence of festivals that are of greater or lesser importance, but a Person, Christ himself, who is ever living in his Church.
LOCC incorporates the events of the Liturgical Calendar, or Church Year, which divides the annual cycle into a series of seasons with corresponding color and theological emphasis. The worship and preaching theme generally flows out of this rhythm.
The Church Year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, the four week period of preparation prior to Christmas, and ends each late November with Thanksgiving and Mission emphasis.
Communion is celebrated each first Sunday of the month with an occasional exception to accommodate large seasonal celebrations or other community events occurring on Sundays.
Below is an outline of the annual worshiping life of LOCC providing a glimpse of our journey of faith together through the year.
- Sundays of Advent – beginning four weeks prior to Christmas
- LOCC “First Sunday” Celebration – The First Sunday of December – one service
LOCC Choir Advent/Christmas presentation, followed by the LOCC Annual Business meeting.
The LOCC Christmas party occurs that same evening.
- Community Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
- Epiphany Sunday (on or around the end of the 12 days of Christmas on January 6th) A Celebration of the presence of God among us in Christ
- Sundays After The Epiphany that continue until the beginning of Lent,
usually including a sermon series or several Sundays of thematic emphasis
- Community Fat Tuesday Celebration
- Community Ash Wednesday Service
- The Season of Lent – a 40 day (not counting Sundays) period of preparation prior to Easter
- Community Mid-week Lenten events occur during this period which take on a unique theme or study
- Palm Sunday Choir Celebration – One Service of Music
- Community Maundy Thursday Service
- Community Good Friday Service
- Community Easter Sunrise Service at the Plantation Point Pavilion and two other Easter worship celebrations
- The 50 day season of Easter
- Annual Lake Oconee Blessing of the Boats each early May
- Annual Spring LOCC Picnic each May
- Pentecost – 50 days after Easter
Celebration of the birth of the Church and the Spiritual presence of God in us.
- The Season of Ordinary Time or Kingdomtide during which a sermon series or several-week theme will be followed.
- Annual Community Celebration of Freedom – One event on the Sunday closest to July 4th
- Annual Fall LOCC Picnic each September
- Community Blessing of the Animals on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – Oct 4
- World Communion Sunday – usually the Sunday following blessing of the animals, and the first Sunday 8:30 Worship on the Water moves indoors for the winter
- Reformation Sunday – usually the last Sunday in October
- All Saints Sunday – A service remembering those who have preceded us in death
- Thanksgiving and Harvest Celebrations