The Church Year

  • Music of the Month: Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent

    Music of the Month: Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent

    Robert J. Powell has composed a well-crafted and accessible organ collection for Lent, Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent. This book offers settings that are appropriate to the...

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  • Walther’s Sermon for The Epiphany of Our Lord: Matthew 2:1–12

    Walther’s Sermon for The Epiphany of Our Lord: Matthew 2:1–12

    This post is adapted from Gospel Sermons: Volume 1 by C. F. W. Walther.

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  • The Gathering Light of Epiphany

    The Gathering Light of Epiphany

    The season of Epiphany is one that often gets overlooked in the Church Year calendar. We’re on board for Advent and Lent, with many congregations meeting midweek to mark these...

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  • To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    Christmas is a time of celebration that the Savior of the Nations is born! His name is revered throughout the earth as we rejoice in God’s promises fulfilled. Isaiah 9:6–8...

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  • A Tangled Ball of Lights

    A Tangled Ball of Lights

    I find myself fighting with a tangled ball of lights year after year as we decorate the Christmas tree. Since we have had children, this has gotten extraordinarily difficult.

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  • Parents Guide for Grandfather’s Story | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book1:17

    Parents Guide for Grandfather’s Story | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book

    Video Description: The last page of each Arch® Book contains a letter written for parents, grandparents and other adults who may read Arch® Books to their children. It provides a summary of the story,

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  • Grandfather’s Story | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer7:11

    Grandfather’s Story | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer

    If you were a shepherd, what would you have done if angels appeared to you on a wintry night? Based on Luke 2:8-20 and Mark 16:1-20, Grandfather’s Story recalls how the first Christmas unfolded throug

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  • Donkey Daniel in Bethlehem | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer5:48

    Donkey Daniel in Bethlehem | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer

    What do you think it would be like to be the donkey that carried Mary during the long journey to Bethlehem? Based on Luke 2:1-18, Donkey Daniel in Bethlehem tells the story of a donkey named Daniel as

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  • Parents Guide for Donkey Daniel | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book2:10

    Parents Guide for Donkey Daniel | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book

    The last page of each Arch® Book contains a letter written for parents, grandparents and other adults who may read Arch® Books to their children. It provides a summary of the story, character insights

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  • The City That Forgot About Christmas | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud10:11

    The City That Forgot About Christmas | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud

    Can you imagine living in a city or town that didn’t celebrate Christmas? Matthew the Carpenter couldn’t either! Through his work, he slowly helps the city to remember the true meaning of Christmas: t

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  • Little Benjamin and the First Christmas | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud5:54

    Little Benjamin and the First Christmas | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud

    Have you ever wondered what the innkeeper’s children thought about Mary and Joseph’s visit that first Christmas? Based on Luke 2:1-18, Little Benjamin and the First Christmas shares Little Ben’s perce

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  • Parents Guide for Little Benjamin and the First Christmas | Children’s Bible Story Book2:29

    Parents Guide for Little Benjamin and the First Christmas | Children’s Bible Story Book

    The last page of each Arch® Book contains a letter written for parents, grandparents and other adults who may read Arch® Books to their children. It provides a summary of the story, character insights

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  • A Celebration of Hymn to Joy

    A Celebration of Hymn to Joy

    During the Christmas season, many songs resonate with people around the world. One of those immediately recognizable hymns is “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” found in Lutheran Service...

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  • Little Tree and His Wish | Christmas Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer9:06

    Little Tree and His Wish | Christmas Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer

    Gather your children and learn about Little Tree and His Wish, a children’s Christmas story read aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer. Little Tree and His Wish follows the tale of Little Tree as he wonders and wait

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  • Parents Guide for The Happiest Search | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book2:34

    Parents Guide for The Happiest Search | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book

    The last page of each Arch® Book contains a letter written for parents, grandparents and other adults who may read Arch® Books to their children. It provides a summary of the story, character insights

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  • The Happiest Search | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer4:37

    The Happiest Search | Children’s Christmas Bible Story Book Read Aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer

    This Christmas, settle in with your children and cozy up with The Happiest Search, an Arch® Book Bible story read aloud by Ken Ohlemeyer. The Happiest Search, based on Scripture from Matthew 2:1-11 an

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  • Advent: The Hope Factory

    Advent: The Hope Factory

    It was during Advent when I witnessed my first infant Baptism. The season of Advent has powerful imagery for me in the Christian faith I share with so many of my brothers and sisters...

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  • Are You in the Wilderness This Christmas?

    Are You in the Wilderness This Christmas?

    You may ask, what is the “wilderness”? A wilderness is usually an experience that follows a season of highs. When Jesus was baptized (which was more accurately a coronation), He took...

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  • Christmas Service Projects for Families

    Christmas Service Projects for Families

    It’s no surprise that Christmas is going to look different this year. Many of us won’t be having our usual big family celebrations or attending our typically packed Christmas services....

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  • Connected to Christ in Advent

    Connected to Christ in Advent

    Advent is upon us! In this season, we look back on all Christ did when He came veiled in flesh. We also look forward to when He will come again in His resurrected body with nail-pierced...

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