The world watches the ball drop, flings confetti and sips champagne. But the Church abides by a different calendar — the Church Year — that teaches Christians to order their days according to Christ.
In the January issue of The Lutheran Witness, readers will learn more about that Church year as well as the reasoning behind all its colors, feasts and seasons. Authors also unpack the Church calendar’s unique way of understanding time — as a gift, not a burden, from God — and its emphasis on encouraging Christians to take church seriously while remaining focused on Christ and His cross.
Articles also include information on five resolutions every Lutheran should keep in 2016; why the Church’s creeds are timeless rather than trending; and how God’s grace is sufficient in the new year, even though pain and suffering will still exist.
The Church year is a very different calendar from the world’s way of keeping time. But readers will learn in this issue that the Church’s calendar is different from the world’s, setting the tone for how Christians live in the weeks before and following — not just Christmas and Epiphany — but Easter and Pentecost and Advent and every day before, after and in-between.
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Posted Jan. 1, 2016