a new series for a new year.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it is to bring all things into submission under Christ, how all things, really, are His already. I’ve been thinking about what it is to acknowledge His superiority, to observe the patterns that God placed into the universe before humankind existed.

One of the ways I have slowly begun expanding my understanding of God’s sovereignty, of just how everywhere and over all things He actually is, has been through beginning to study and understand the Christian calendar, the liturgical year. I’ve realized that, for me, there is no better way to find His presence in each crevice of my life than to recognize that I am not merely called to invoke His name into my schedule, my finite construct of time, but to recognize that He created time, that His body, the Church, has been viewing it in a different way for thousands of years, that I can join in with the saints in their observance.

For those of us who have not grown up in traditions that typically observe all aspects of the Christian calendar, this task can seem a bit daunting. I have had the joy of coming across some invaluable resources and the earliest experiences of acknowledging a new way of marking time in the last several months. In recognition of how much there is to learn, to hold, to treasure, and in light of the opportunity to start afresh that the new (secular) year brings, I am going to start a series on this blog, something I haven’t done in a very long time.

Reframe: A Year of Christian Rhythm

 

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Throughout this series, I will post about each major season in the Christian year, as well as the Holy Days, resources that have been helpful to me, and ideas for beginning to see time in a new way. This is not something that can only be done one way. This is not something that can only be done in a certain “right” way. There is a vast expanse before us, there is room for gathering around the pillars of orthodoxy, claiming our sameness at the core, gleaning insight from our differences. There is so much room at the table, so much truth, so much grace and, dare I say, so much creativity, that is here for the exploring, for the taking, for the growing.

I will begin the series tonight with a post on The Holy Name of Jesus, today’s holy day. In the meantime, I invite you to peruse the following resources which have been invaluable to me in the journey this far.

Resources:

Sacred Ordinary Days Planner/Essentials Workbook by Jenn Giles Kemper (this has been my main resource thus far. The Essentials Workbook is a free download and the Sacred Ordinary Days Tribe Facebook group is filled with rich conversation.)

A Sacred Journey Blog & Calendar by Lacy Clark Ellman

Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast with Jenn Giles Kemper & Lacy Clark Ellman

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals 

Soon, I will create a page to house these resources, and I will add more over time as well.

The beauty of the Christian calendar is seen most clearly when it is observed in community. Please join in the conversation on the blog or on Facebook. Have you ever observed the liturgical year? What thoughts does it bring to mind? Does it seem inviting to you, or daunting? Or is it somewhere in between? Let’s journey together.

From Him | Through Him |To Him,
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Author: Abby Perry

Abby Perry is an old soul, a Jesus girl, better in writing. She's a wife to Jared and mother to Owen and Gabriel. Words strung together is her attempt at making sense of the world. In 2016, she is blogging her way through her first full year of observing the Christian/liturgical calendar. She also writes on her family's journey amidst the realities of Gabriel's neuro-genetic disorder, listening to the Spirit in the midst of suffering, and the questions ever present in her mind.

18 thoughts on “a new series for a new year.”

  1. Love this! As a newbie to the liturgical calendar as well I look forward to your meditations on the seasons and holy days! I’ll keep an eye out for your Holy Name of Jesus post!

  2. Abby,

    I look forward to seeing how you experience the liturgical year. I grew up in a liturgical church tradition, so for me it is woven into how I think about church and spirituality.

    Now, being a pastor in the Lutheran church (ELCA), my life, both professionally and personally revolves around the church calendar (ie. I don’t take vacation to go see family during the Christmas season (most especially Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, nor do I travel to see family Holy Week or Easter Sunday).

    Liturgy is a way of life for me. I imagine even if I wasn’t a pastor, that my spiritual life would continue to revolve around the liturgical calendar. It seems strange to me to not celebrate some of the holy days, or the seasons of the church, like Advent and Lent, with their mid-week worship services, without the Triduum of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil), Pentecost Sunday, Reformation Sunday, All Saints, etc.

    Blessings on your journey this year.

    peace,

    ~Jen

  3. Hi Abby, First I love the “joy woven deep” theme. I feel the life and vibrancy you bring shining through this blog!

    I have been using the sacred ordinary day planner. I started using it in January, but just this past month we moved homes and all routines went to the wayside. Well really I also ran out of pages. I had bought the pdf and only printed off up to April then ran out of ink. But maybe I will print the rest of the pages out this weekend.

    I am loving the quotes and the rhythm of the liturgical calendar.

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