Have you ever talked to a friend or family member about Advent, or Lent, or another season, and heard a response like “Why do you all observe all those seasons at all? Why complicate things?”
The short answer is that the Christian Calendar doesn’t complicate; it clarifies. To know the seasons of the Christian Year is to know the milestones of Christ’s earthly ministry — from the promise of His coming at Advent through His resurrection at Easter and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Christian Year teaches the gospel, just as the basic liturgy of our worship service teaches us the gospel each week.
Liturgy: ”The work of the people.” So, it’s simply the songs we sing, scriptures we read, sermon we engage with and the prayers we pray together each week.
I wrote “Reasons For The Seasons” in the Dec. 2012 issue of Towers Magazine, which you can view online here. This article gives a more in-depth explanation of why we follow the seasons of the Christian year at Sojourn. Here’s a brief excerpt:
It is simply a practice of historic Christianity that continuously stirs reflection, anticipation and action in the hearts of God’s people for the whole, big story of the gospel…
This is why we move through each season of the Christian year, every year. We aren’t unobservant of national holidays or “Hallmark’s calendar,” but we want to redeem and use every tool at our disposal for saturating the days of our lives with God’s Story, the good news of the gospel.
- How has following the patterns in the Christian Year helped you to understand the gospel more clearly?