The Church Year

  • The Proper Use of Personas and Lists in Church Communications

    The Proper Use of Personas and Lists in Church Communications

    This past Sunday, my church, along with many other congregations, observed Good Shepherd Sunday. While not an official holiday in the Church Year, it has been historically called that...

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  • Music of the Month: The Wind Blows Where It Wills

    Music of the Month: The Wind Blows Where It Wills

    This year, May 31 is Pentecost Sunday, the day the Church celebrates the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples after Christ's resurrection and ascension. In preparation for the day and...

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  • Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    This pandemic is certainly horrific, but I have found many positives during this time. One of these positives was a slower and more reflective Holy Week, allowing me to ponder and study...

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  • Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    Cling to Hymns in a Pandemic

    This pandemic is certainly horrific, but I have found many positives during this time. One of these positives was a slower and more reflective Holy Week, allowing me to ponder and study...

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  • The Easter Stranger | Arch Book storytime with Matt Bergholt3:51

    The Easter Stranger | Arch Book storytime with Matt Bergholt

    This Arch Book tells the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24:1-35. Get your copy of The Easter Stranger is written by Nicole Dreyer and available at this link: https://www.cph.org/p-3380

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  • Come to Me You Who Are Heavy Laden

    Come to Me You Who Are Heavy Laden

    Last Sunday after breakfast, I took a warm cup of coffee upstairs to get ready for Easter church. I was simultaneously feeling exhausted and excited, and very much looking forward to...

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  • Easter: A Festival of Joy

    Easter: A Festival of Joy

    Easter Sunday has come and His Church rejoices in the beauty and wonder of the resurrection. Christ has defeated sin, death, and the devil himself, and the heavens and earth celebrate...

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  • Prepare for the Easter Season at Home

    Prepare for the Easter Season at Home

    During the fifty days of the Easter season, the Church rejoices in the resurrected Lord and the new life He brings. This season includes three great feasts that we celebrate: the Feast...

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  • Easter Sunday Message from Trevor Sutton | Holy Week Series2:57

    Easter Sunday Message from Trevor Sutton | Holy Week Series

    Jesus lives, God is in control. Rev. A. Trevor Sutton is associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett, Michigan. He is the author of Being Lutheran, among other titles. To view more resourc

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  • Holy Saturday Message from Timothy Shoup | Holy Week Series3:20

    Holy Saturday Message from Timothy Shoup | Holy Week Series

    Reflect on the woman who trusted in Jesus’ resurrection. Rev. Timothy J. Shoup is administrative pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Bonduel, Wisconsin. He is also the author of Praise &

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  • Good Friday Message from Alfonso Espinosa | Holy Week Series3:39

    Good Friday Message from Alfonso Espinosa | Holy Week Series

    Alfonso Espinosa is senior pastor at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church of Irvine in Irvine, CA and the author of Faith that Sees Through the Culture. To learn more about Dr. Espinosa, visit his author page

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  • Holy Thursday Message from Kristian Kincaid | Holy Week Series2:09

    Holy Thursday Message from Kristian Kincaid | Holy Week Series

    All that Jesus endured during Holy Week was for us. Pastor Kristian Kincaid has served as a parish pastor for over thirty years, serving currently at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA and St

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  • Easter Alone? Never.

    Easter Alone? Never.

    I’m not a stranger to being away from my family. Last spring, I graduated from a university in another state than my family. During my four years of study, I  celebrated many holidays...

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  • Wednesday Message from Matt Richard | Holy Week Series3:36

    Wednesday Message from Matt Richard | Holy Week Series

    Hear the surprising answer to who the greatest sinner of all is. Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran of Minot, ND, and author of Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 Fals

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  • A Funeral for a King

    A Funeral for a King

    As Good Friday approaches, the Church prepares for the most somber occasion of the year: Jesus’ death. But in mourning, Christians know that His death also brings His resurrection. His...

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  • Tuesday Message from John Pless | Holy Week Series11:47

    Tuesday Message from John Pless | Holy Week Series

    Listen and reflect on the theology of the cross. Rev. John T. Pless is assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the author of

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  • Music of the Month: Christ Being Raised

    Music of the Month: Christ Being Raised

    A perfect selection for the Easter season comes in this SATB anthem based on Romans 6:9. Beginning with joyous alleluias, the music rises in sequence, portraying the text “raised from...

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  • Easter Teaching Activities for Families

    Easter Teaching Activities for Families

    Easter is always a special celebration of Christ’s victory. This year is no different. Jesus still died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven—and that’s worth...

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  • Monday Message from Dan Paavola | Holy Week Series3:39

    Monday Message from Dan Paavola | Holy Week Series

    Consider the fact that God saw this unprecedented Holy Week coming. Daniel Paavola is a professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin and the author of three books including Our Way Home:

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  • Celebrating Easter at Home

    Celebrating Easter at Home

    I know for me the idea of not having Easter at my church is strange. Easter is always the most beautiful service: lilies lining the altar, white and gold banners everywhere, beautiful...

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