The Church Year

  • Seasons of the Church Year

    Seasons of the Church Year

    The new Church Year falls on Sunday, December 1. This is great news! In preparation, we’ve compiled a refresher list about the five seasons of the Church Year below.

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    The Church Year

    In this short video, Rev. Pete Jurchen teaches students about the church year. To learn more about CPH's confirmation curriculum, visit https://www.cph.org/c-2661-new-confirmation-instruction-series.

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  • Teaching the Church Year in Sunday School38:08

    Teaching the Church Year in Sunday School

    Do you ever struggle trying to come up with a plan or lessons to teach the Church Year? Watch for ideas and ways to teach the Church Year to your Sunday School students.

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  • What Is Epiphany?2:05

    What Is Epiphany?

    On Epiphany, we give thanks to God for Jesus Christ, revealed in the Gospel as the Savior for all people. May this video illuminate the meaning of Epiphany and encourage you to let the light of our Sa

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  • God’s Plan for the Magi

    God’s Plan for the Magi

    The season of Christmas is almost over, and Epiphany is right around the corner. To help set our minds on Christ, God’s plan for us, and all His gifts, we read an excerpt from the...

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  • An Honest Christmas Mistake

    An Honest Christmas Mistake

    Today is the start of Epiphany, marking the end of the Christmas season. For today’s devotional reading, consider the Wise Men and their journey to find baby Jesus, the King of kings,...

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  • What Is Lent?2:44

    What Is Lent?

    Lent is a time of repentance and self-examination of the heart. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Lent as we meditate on the suffering and death that Christ endured in ou

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  • Changing Your Family’s Hearts This Lent

    Changing Your Family’s Hearts This Lent

    My son brought home a craft project from his kindergarten class the other day—the outline of a heart filled in with torn scraps of construction paper, titled, “I love you to pieces.” It...

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  • Cleaning Out Clutter This Lent

    Cleaning Out Clutter This Lent

    One year for Lent, I gave up Pop-Tarts.

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  • Creating a Worshipful and Penitential Mood during Lent

    Creating a Worshipful and Penitential Mood during Lent

    While the purpose of Lent isn’t to make worshipers feel sad, it’s important that they understand why the church takes time each year to remember the season. Worshipers ideally recognize...

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  • Last-Minute Music Selections for Lent and Easter

    Last-Minute Music Selections for Lent and Easter

    Lent starts in two weeks! If you’re scrambling to put music together, don’t worry—we have options for you. Browse the list below to find music that will work with your church’s...

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  • 3 Project Management Tips to Streamline Lenten Worship Planning

    3 Project Management Tips to Streamline Lenten Worship Planning

    As Lent approaches, you’re probably realizing that there’s always more to do around Lent than there are time and hands to complete the tasks! By making a few adjustments to the way your...

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  • What Is Holy Week?2:24

    What Is Holy Week?

    Discover the sights, sounds, and symbols of Holy Week. Christians all over the world celebrate Easter and their new life in Jesus—but what about the week leading up to Easter? What is Holy Week? Thi

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  • Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress During Holy Week

    Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress During Holy Week

    This is not a usual Concordia Technology Solutions blog post. In fact, there will be very little discussion about technology at all. No trends, no flashing doodads, no talk about social...

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  • What Is Easter?2:16

    What Is Easter?

    Discover the sights, sounds, and symbols of Easter, the church’s celebration of our risen Savior! As Christians, we rejoice in the new life we have in Him: "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory

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  • How Easter Got Its Calendar Date

    How Easter Got Its Calendar Date

    This post is adapted from The Year of the Lord by Theodore J. Kleinhans. Just as the first Easter set the pattern for Sunday, so it also set the pattern for the Church Year. An event...

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  • Music of the Month: Easter Fantasy on Ancient Hymns

    Music of the Month: Easter Fantasy on Ancient Hymns

    Sondra K. Tucker’s arrangement of “Easter Fantasy on Ancient Hymns for Brass Quintet and Organ” combines two hymn tunes with Dupré’s celebrated organ solo “Cortège et Litanie.” The...

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  • Reflecting on Holy Week Music after Easter

    Reflecting on Holy Week Music after Easter

    Holy Week, that crowning week of the Church Year taking us through the Passion of our Lord to His glorious resurrection, has passed and with it some of the most beautiful and wonderful...

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  • What Is Pentecost?3:18

    What Is Pentecost?

    From the Greek meaning “fifty,” the festival of Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the fiftieth day after Easter. On this day, we worship the Lord, who gives life to

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  • How the Season after Pentecost Illustrates the Life of the Church

    How the Season after Pentecost Illustrates the Life of the Church

    After the festivals of Pentecost and the Holy Trinity, the Church begins its longest yet perhaps least-celebrated season of the Church Year: the season after Pentecost. What comes at...

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