The cross at the front of our worship space was carved from a yellow cedar tree which grew on the slopes of upper Lake Harrison. The tree is an estimated 500 years old, so it was “born” about the time of the Reformation and has witnessed, in a manner of speaking, all of human history since then.
A skilled carver in the Stó:lõ tradition, Don Froese used a hand adze to bite large chips from the upright beam. A carving knife took smaller smooth chips from the cross piece producing the beautiful pattern. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see hand and foot prints reverently carved into the cross. Each step of crafting the cross has been a sacred one, done with great respect and care.
The Church Year
Sunday worship at Valley CrossWay follows the liturgical year with Scripture readings as designated in the Revised Common Lectionary.
The first half of the year tells the story of Jesus:
- beginning with Advent (in anticipation of his coming),
- Christmas (the celebration of his birth),
- Epiphany (his life and mission revealed),
- Lent (his journey to the cross and death),
- Easter (his resurrection),
- Pentecost (his ascension to heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit).
The second half of the year is “Ordinary Time”—not focused on a particular celebration like Christmas or Easter, but a time to explore more deeply the story of Jesus and the story of the people of God.
The graphic above shows the seasons of the liturgical year in relation to the regular calendar of months, as well as the colours that go with each season (© 2016 Moore and Sprinkle, used with permission). Some of these liturgical colours are represented in the banner photos on the pages of our website. Below shows our worship space in green for Ordinary Time.
Join Us for Worship
For Sunday 11:00 a.m. worship in the Great Hall: please use the north entrance of Calvin Presbyterian Church, 33911 Hazelwood Avenue, Abbotsford, B.C., V2S 7V2. Current Covid-19 protocols are observed.
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