The Church Year

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  • The Seasons of the Church Year

    The Seasons of the Church Year

    The following is a brief guide to the traditional seasons of the Church and the liturgical calendar. This introduction is a perfect starting point for learning about the Divine Service...

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  • Featured Church Music for Lent

    Featured Church Music for Lent

    If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out. 

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  • Reading for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    Reading for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

    As we mourn the Holy Innocents today, we read a comforting devotion from the book Heaven.

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  • Devotion for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    Devotion for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

    As we remember the apostle John today, we read a devotion taken from a sermon in Sermons for Feasts, Festivals, and Occasions: Selections from Concordia Pulpit Resources.

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  • Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    Why Do Christians Celebrate Communion at Christmas?

    When I was a child, my church always sang “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” on Christmas Day as the Communion elements were processed into the sanctuary. The congregation would start...

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  • Overlooked December Feast Days

    Overlooked December Feast Days

    Toward the end of December, there are several feast days that tend to get overlooked as we celebrate Advent and Christmas. Let’s take a few minutes to draw our attention to these...

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  • Finding Rest during and after Busy Seasons

    Finding Rest during and after Busy Seasons

    Through certain seasons in the Church Year, church workers often find themselves burning the (Advent) candle at both ends. Coming in early, working through meals, staying late — they’re...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Micah 5:2–5a

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Micah 5:2–5a

    As a prophet familiar with patience, Micah’s words are especially pertinent during our wait for Christmas during Advent. 

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  • Music of the Month: When Morning Dawns: Nine Preludes for Advent and Christmas

    Music of the Month: When Morning Dawns: Nine Preludes for Advent and Christmas

    David Maxwell has crafted nine extensive organ settings for Advent and Christmas in this collection. Maxwell uses a variety of styles ranging from introspective (W ZLOBIE LEZY) to...

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  • Experiencing Advent in a New Context

    Experiencing Advent in a New Context

    The first time I heard the hymn “Thy Strong Word” (LSB 578), I was at a friend’s church choir concert. The beautiful architecture and stained glass windows combined with the multiple...

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  • Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Advent is upon us! It is a time of waiting, a time of hope, a time of preparation, a time of prayer. The prayer of the Church throughout each and every Advent season is this: “Come,...

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  • Dwell: December Everyday Faith Calendar

    Dwell: December Everyday Faith Calendar

    Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Yes? Congratulations, you win Christmas this year! No? Good luck. Haven’t you heard about all the shipping delays, inventory shortages, and lack of...

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  • Planning Ahead for Advent and Lent

    Planning Ahead for Advent and Lent

    It’s the time of year when we’ve generally settled into the fall rhythm of life and begin anticipating the next big things coming down the line, namely the Advent and Christmas seasons....

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  • Staying Content during the Holiday Season

    Staying Content during the Holiday Season

    Every year as Christmas approaches, I find myself making wish lists—clothing, makeup, housewares, you name it. My Instagram feed is filled with ads for products that would make great...

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  • Waiting: November Everyday Faith Calendar

    Waiting: November Everyday Faith Calendar

    There are forty-one days until Thanksgiving, forty-four days until the start of Advent, seventy-one days until Christmas morning, and seventy-eight days until the beginning of the new...

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  • Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    This year, the Church celebrates the Day of Pentecost on May 23, marking the end of the season of Easter. The word “Pentecost” literally means “fifty,” as it falls fifty days after...

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  • The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Epistle readings through much of the Easter season in the Three-Year Lectionary for Year B are from 1 John, a timeless letter of great encouragement for God’s children to love each...

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  • God of the In-Between

    God of the In-Between

    The first few days of Holy Week have a weird in-between quality. We just celebrated Palm Sunday, when we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna!” The...

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  • April 2021 Everyday Faith Calendar

    April 2021 Everyday Faith Calendar

    Last year, our church celebrated Easter with a drive-in Easter service. In-person gatherings were not an option, but not gathering at all was not an option either. After weeks of...

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  • The Fulfillment of Psalm 22 in Holy Week

    The Fulfillment of Psalm 22 in Holy Week

    Psalm 22 has one of the most memorable opening lines, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” These words are instilled into our memories as the words Jesus spoke from the cross....

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