The Church Year

  • 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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  • 2021 Music Catalog

    2021 Music Catalog

    The 2021 Music Catalog offers a preview of brand new music for choir, organ, piano, and handbells to use throughout the Church Year.

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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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  • Devotional Reading on Zechariah for Palm Sunday (Year B)

    Devotional Reading on Zechariah for Palm Sunday (Year B)

    As we move through Holy Week, most of our devotions will focus on the Old Testament Readings. For Palm Sunday, we focus on the reading from Zechariah with an excerpt from LifeLight:...

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  • How Do You Rest on the Sabbath Day?

    How Do You Rest on the Sabbath Day?

    As Lent is underway, many Christians throughout the world are participating in various spiritual disciplines. Some are fasting from a particular food, drink, or activity. Some are...

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  • The Beautiful Routine of the Liturgy

    The Beautiful Routine of the Liturgy

    A day or two before Ash Wednesday, I remarked to my husband, “I can’t wait for Lent.” In a dreary year of isolation, anxiety, moral quandaries, political polarization, disease, and...

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  • Themes in the Season of Lent

    Themes in the Season of Lent

    To mark the first day of Lent, we’re sharing an excerpt from Heaven on Earth in which Arthur Just describes the theological accents in the season of Lent.

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  • A Simple Explanation of Easter1:15

    A Simple Explanation of Easter

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  • 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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  • Year C Reading for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Year C Reading for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Today’s devotional reading comes from the letter to parents in Ezekiel and the Dry Bones: Arch Books.

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  • Bible Challenge Mountains1:55

    Bible Challenge Mountains

    For those of you that have used Concordia's VBS in prior years, you'll notice some props in these scenes that were brought back from previous years: the backdrop, Christmas trees, cardboard grass, wa

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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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