Tomorrow is the first Lord's Day in the Church's Liturgical Year. On Sunday, Christians who follow this calendar will begin a new year of living in the Gospel with the commencement of Advent.
The diagram on the right gives an overview of the annual Church calendar.
I don't know why so many Christian groups think they need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to "discipleship programs." This time-tested annual pattern for the life of individual believers and the Church together that is focused on Christ, organized around the Gospel, and grounded in God's grace, is sheer genius. It is simple enough for a child. It offers enough opportunities for creativity and flexibility that it need never grow old. Each year offers a wonderful template for learning to walk with Christ more deeply in the Gospel which brings us faith, hope, and love.
My favorite book on church year spirituality is Robert Webber's Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year. Here is his summary of the subject:
In today's post I will merely list five primary reasons why I think it advantageous for Christians together to form their spiritual lives — their walk with God through Christ — around the liturgical year.
Five Reasons to Practice Church Year Spirituality
Marking the Liturgical Year is a salutary way for Christians, families, small groups, and congregations to walk with Jesus over the course of the year.
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