Welcome to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee! We invite you to join us in worship, fellowship, and ministry as we proclaim the Gospel and show God's love to all people.
The Season after Pentecost (June 8 - Nov 29)
In our Christian tradition, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on the fiftieth day after Easter. The celebration of Easter is tied to the lunar cycle instead of our solar-based calendar, making it a "movable feast," falling on a different date each year. Consequently, the date of Pentecost also varies annually, always occurring sometime between May 10 and June 13. The Pentecost feast commemorates the time when God poured out the Holy Spirit upon the world. Empowered through the Holy Spirit, the people of God are enabled to witness to Jesus the Christ throughout the world and to sustain hope. In modern times the day of Pentecost has been called the "birthday of the church," and we celebrate it using the symbol of fire and the color red.
The rest of the season following Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time, derived from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (as in First Sunday after Pentecost, Second Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). During Ordinary Time, which continues until Advent (four Sundays before Christmas), the color green is utilized, reflective of a time for growth in individuals and the church. The readings and lessons selected for these Sundays focus on various aspects of our faith, with a special emphasis on the mission of the church in the world.