Liturgical color complements the message of the seasons during the church year. It helps to establish a climate in which the Scriptures and Gospel may be heard. The paraments, vestments, altar clothes and banners all use a specific color to set the mood of the season.
BLACK: For Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. This color gives a sober mood. Black is the absence of light. These are times for reflection on the cost of our redemption.
BLUE: For Advent. It communicates the message of hope. Our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh. Our hope is that Christ will return on the last day from that same blue sky into which He ascended long ago.
GOLD: Optional color for Easter Sunday and Christ the King Sunday (the last Sunday of the church year). It represents value and growth. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ gives our lives meaning and worth.
GREEN: For the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. Green is the color of growth. It is the appointed color for Epiphany’s message of Christ’s revelation to the gentiles and growing His kingdom through missions. The Sundays following Pentecost emphasize our need to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ.
PURPLE: For Lent (40 days) It is a penitential color. It represents somberness, penitence and prayer.
RED: For Pentecost and Reformation Sunday. Red is a power color. When we remember the power and fire of "the Lord and Giver of Life," who reveals Himself as the Promised One.
SCARLET: For the Holy Week (Palm Sunday thru Maundy Thursday). It is the color of blood. It is associated with the passion.
WHITE: Primarily for the Easter Season (50 days). Also used for Christmas Season (12 days), Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Holy Trinity Sunday and All Saints' Sunday. White is the color of purity and completenessIt bears the message that "though yours sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." His purity before His Father becomes our purity.
We use color to serve God’s worshipping community by assisting in communicating the holy faith from generation to generation.