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GCI Worship Calendar

Greg and Susan Williams

Dear Church,

By now you have likely viewed my video update inviting you to come together in the keeping of the annual cycle of worship that we call “GCI Worship Calendar.” Our denominational calendar is designed to guide and direct our worship out of the seasonal flow of celebrating the life and salvific work of Jesus. We are not simply borrowing or importing another calendar. We are endeavoring to design a calendar that our church family around the world can embrace.

The initial diagram of the annual calendar that we sent out rightly displays Jesus in the center. I especially like the outer ring that shows the progression of our Lord’s coming, life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and the continual building of his church. Is there anything greater, that we can rally around and make the focus of our praise and worship? A Christ-centered church is “Healthy Church.”

I just completed an outstanding week of meeting and planning with the GCI Superintendents. They are all enthusiastic and supportive of having a GCI Worship Calendar. However, through their wisdom and experience, they have convinced me that some of the wording of our initial design deserves reconsideration. So, we will take the necessary time to provide a revision that will allow us to move forward together.

Keep in mind, the calendar is a framework that guides us through the seasons of the life and work of Jesus. Living out of this calendar and ordering our worship must be done nation by nation, and literally congregation by congregation. There is more education to come and much more practice as we seek to make Jesus the center of our center. This is a long journey in the right direction, and I solicit your prayers as we attempt to craft a calendar that rightly represents who we are.

Please know that our desire for a GCI Worship Calendar is not a step into legalism or ancient rituals of the historical church. Pure and simple, this is a step toward Jesus, the true object of our worship. I am convicted that our GCI Worship Calendar can be unifying and life-giving to our global church, and I especially believe it will be a blessing to our children and grandchildren.

To the Glory of Jesus,
Greg Williams

9 thoughts on “GCI Worship Calendar”

  1. This article will be a great reassurance to church membership! Thank you for this very clear understanding and direction! As said, “To the Glory of Jesus”!

    1. I agree Eric. It’s nice to see events that bring together clergy & members on both a local and global basis. They help foster relationship and unity as Christ’s Bride.

  2. Greg,
    I personally much welcome the desire and the effort to have a denominational liturgical calendar that clearly reflects the Christ centeredness seen in the New Testament. It is my hope and prayer that, at the end of the day, we will all “speak with one voice” in our worship practices so as to align them as fully as possible to our theological understanding.

    1. Hi Santiago,
      You mention: so as to align them as fully as possible to our theological understanding.
      I would render this to: so as to align ourselves as fully as possible to our theological understanding…
      May the Spirit enable us more day by day, year by year, to be what we will be … brothers and sisters in Jesus

  3. The calendar helps us focus on our unity in the one who has come in the flesh 1 Jn 4:2, Eph 1:10

  4. I love the idea that you could go from a fellowship in the California mountains to a house church in the Kenyan jungle and hear the same scriptures being read! Glory!

  5. Thanks Greg for further info on the Calendar. As a retiree, I am curious about and anxious to see what form it takes.

  6. Good to see information on projects such as the calendar is harvested from many regions within GCI. such as through the meeting with Superintendents who are in touch with the congregations in their regions. God using many advisors to bring success.

  7. I enjoy the clarity of the “Circle of the Church Year” wall hanging in our Godly Play style childrens church classroom, which features a separate block of colour for each Sunday, so the children can locate exactly where they are in the liturgical calendar.

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