The Church Year has three main parts: the Time of Christmas, the Time of Easter, and the Time of the Church. The Time of the Church is also commonly known as the Season after Pentecost.
The Season of Pentecost begins after the Day of Pentecost (seven weeks after Easter) and ends with the transition into Advent (at Thanksgiving). Since the date of Easter changes, and likewise, the Day of Pentecost, the Season after Pentecost can vary in length, anywhere from 23 to 28 weeks.
While the Day of Pentecost uses red, the color of the Season after Pentecost is green, except for a few special Sundays such as Trinity Sunday, Reformation Sunday, All Saints’ Day, and occasional feast days. Green reminds us that this season is a time for growing in our life in Christ.
During the Season after Pentecost, or the Time of the Church as it is also known, we focus on the life of the Church as the Holy Spirit works through the Means of Grace, i.e. Word and Sacraments. The Spirit impacted the Church in an amazing way on that Pentecost Day recorded in Acts, and the Spirit continues the Lord’s work in and through the Church today.