It seems that each year we have good intentions to commit to some type of New Year’s resolution. Change in our life style is not easy. Many of us dream about taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle but how many of us reflect on a healthier faith life? According to several polls, the top ten New Year’s Resolutions are. . .
In the liturgical Christian tradition to which I belong, faith formation activities tied to seasons are becoming more and more important. Commitment to a year-long program seems daunting; a 4–6 week commitment is much more manageable. Easter falls in the final week of its allowed range this year, which means we have a substantial “Season after the Epiphany.” Why not take advantage of the extra time and create a fun, thematic activity for your congregation, class, or small group? Since the feast itself falls on a Monday, you still have the whole week to get organized and launch!
The first Sunday in Advent also is the first Sunday of the church calendar, the new year of our church. Depending on your tradition, you’ll notice scriptures, colors, and traditions that follow the liturgical new year.
A few years ago, I led a congregation in learning more about the church year. Working with the faith formation and worship committee, we created a mini wreath for each church attendee with pony beads to help them notice the colors of the church year. The mini circle had 13 colors on it. These represented the 13 major colors of that church’s liturgical tradition. We called the circle: the liturgical circle of color.
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