The seasons of the church calendar are designed to help us remember and live faithfully according to the story of Jesus’ life and his work for our salvation in fulfillment of God’s mission for the people of Israel and his plan for the whole world. In other words, the church calendar helps us order our worship and life together as a church around the whole story of the good news (gospel) of Jesus.
What is the connection between corporate worship on Sundays and daily life on Monday through Saturday? Scott Aniol, a professor of worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers reflections on the way the liturgy of Sunday forms us (or ought to form us) to be faithful followers of Jesus in every aspect of our lives. See his paper “Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Forms Disciples.”
Here is an excellent article on John Calvin’s theology of the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper and its history in the Reformed churches.
Read this moving summary of almost everything you need to know and love about the Holy Spirit of God in less than 800 words. And may the Spirit of the Lord be with you.
May 24 is the beginning of a new season in the church calendar. The colors at the front of the church have changed from white to red to mark the beginning of Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church for a new era of mission under the leadership of Jesus.
May 17 is the day that we will celebrate Jesus’ ascension to heaven as the culmination of the Easter season. In the worship of many modern Christian churches, Jesus’ ascension to heaven is a neglected and forgotten reality. However, it has not always been so. As the annual liturgical calendar developed in the fourth century, churches began to devote a special day to commemorate Jesus’ ascension within the Easter season prior to Pentecost. Not only the calendar but also the early Christian creeds signified the ascension’s prominent place in early Christian thought and life. Both the baptismal creed that later developed into the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed formulated in the first two ecumenical councils at Nicea (325 A.D.) and Constantinople (381 A.D.) list Jesus’ ascension among the most fundamental articles of the Christian gospel. Continue reading
During the month of May, the sermon series will highlight the various spiritual benefits that we receive from Jesus because he is risen from the dead. At the 11:15 service, we will sing a new song, “Beautiful Savior,” to celebrate the many victories Jesus won for us in his resurrection. If we are united to the risen Jesus by faith, then we can sing of “sins forgiven, of conscience cleansed and of death defeated and life without end.” Jesus’ resurrection shows that he is the “Lord of history” and “heaven’s champion” who “reigns over all,” and it will be our greatest joy to celebrate his victory eternally with the whole company of heaven where “the glory never fades” and “cries of ‘worthy’ will honor the Lamb” forever. Continue reading