The Church Year

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  • A Christmas Sermon from C. F. W. Walther

    A Christmas Sermon from C. F. W. Walther

    In a few short days, we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a monumental event, and C. F. W. Walther agrees. As a devotion for this significant...

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  • A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” Party for Fourth and Fifth Graders

    A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” Party for Fourth and Fifth Graders

    This Advent season is a good time to engage your upper elementary students. Here is a fun idea for them to go on an adventure exploring the Scriptures to discover more about the newborn...

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  • You Are Not Alone This Christmas

    You Are Not Alone This Christmas

    My husband, our daughter, and I serve as missionaries in the Dominican Republic. When holidays come around, naturally we compare what we do here with what we do back in the States. That...

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  • The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    “Immortal God, what a world I see dawning. Why can I not be young again?” The Dutch scholar Erasmus wrote these words in 1517, enraptured by the possibilities created by the...

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  • The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    “Immortal God, what a world I see dawning. Why can I not be young again?” The Dutch scholar Erasmus wrote these words in 1517, enraptured by the possibilities created by the...

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  • How Worship Rites Changed during the Reformation

    How Worship Rites Changed during the Reformation

    The Reformers sought not to overthrow existing church traditions but rather to bring them back to their pure states. As a result, the orders of worship Lutheran churches use today are...

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  • The Reformation and Sixteenth-Century Educational Reform

    The Reformation and Sixteenth-Century Educational Reform

    Martin Luther: Learning for Life presents a clear and succinct overview of Luther's own education, Luther's educational ideas and programs, and the impact and limitations of Luther and...

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  • Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

    Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

    Why the Protestant Reformation matters

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  • The Reformation’s First Lutheran Hymns

    The Reformation’s First Lutheran Hymns

    This excerpt is from “The Reformation and Lutheran Confessionalism to 1620” by Christopher Boyd Brown. Read the entire essay and learn more about the Reformation and its impact on...

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  • The Heritage of Music during the Reformation

    The Heritage of Music during the Reformation

    This blog post has been adapted from an article that appears in Lutheranism 101: third edition.

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  • Music Evolving through the Reformation

    Music Evolving through the Reformation

    This blog post has been adapted from an article that appears in Lutheranism 101: Third Edition. Read the first part of the article here.

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Reformation

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Reformation

     Reformation Day brings about well-loved favorites in the Lutheran Church with multiple settings for musicians to choose from. Read on to see our top five downloadable Reformation Day...

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  • Music of the Month: “God Is Our Refuge and Strength”

    Music of the Month: “God Is Our Refuge and Strength”

    Composed for Concordia University Chicago’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this setting for two-part voices and piano is characterized by soaring vocal lines and...

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  • The Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church

    The Musical Heritage of the Lutheran Church

    With the celebration of the Reformation rapidly approaching at the end of October, I have been contemplating and admiring the role of music in the Lutheran Church. Music played a...

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  • The Story That Inspired “Thy Strong Word”

    The Story That Inspired “Thy Strong Word”

     “Thy Strong Word” is a Reformation Day favorite for many churches. Composed for a special purpose, the lyrics were based on the Concordia Seminary motto, “Light from above.” Read on for...

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  • Complete List of Church Year Commemorations

    Complete List of Church Year Commemorations

    As a follow-up to our post on the seasons, feasts, and festivals in the Church Year, we’ve compiled a list of Church Year commemorations to help deepen your understanding. Read below for...

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  • Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas

    Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas

    For many people, Christmas is an exciting time of reuniting with family, spending quality time together, and eating too many cookies. But for others, it’s a painful reminder of broken...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Epiphany

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Epiphany

    Celebrate the coming of the Magi and the Epiphany season by joining in fellowship through music. As you prepare for the season, consider adding these pieces to your repertoire for your...

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  • Heavenly Peace During Advent and Christmas

    Heavenly Peace During Advent and Christmas

    During Advent and Christmas, we hear about peace. We read Isaiah’s names for the Messiah, including “Prince of Peace.” In Jesus’ birth story, recorded in Luke, the heavenly hosts say,...

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  • Music of the Month: Advent with Minimum Pedal

    Music of the Month: Advent with Minimum Pedal

    Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimum pedal, providing a collection of hymn tunes for the season of Advent in Advent with Minimum Pedal. These inventive preludes are...

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