Reformation Resources

Carol WehrheimLiturgical Year

Looking for ideas to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year? Check out some of these: From PC(USA)  Adult Resources  Donald McKim: Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers  Donald McKim: Moments with Luther, Meditations  Steven Paulson: Luther for Armchair Theologians  Martin Luther: A Simple Way to Pray (introduction by Marjorie Thompson)  Glenn S. Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians  Being Reformed study: The Protestant Reformation  Youth and Young Adults  Five-session survey of church history that includes a look at Martin Luther’s life and … Read More

An Imperfect Lineage: A Youth Reflection on the Genealogy of Jesus

Kaylee OsteenLiturgical Year

“An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”  Matthew 1:1 (NRSV) Over the past few years, the summer Montreat Youth Conferences have inspired me in a multitude of ways.  Escaping to the mountains of North Carolina provides an environment to help young people grow closer to God, to their church family, to meet new friends, and to reconnect with old friends.  Every year, as I hear … Read More

Connecting Worship and Learning: Faith Development on Two Fronts

Carol WehrheimLiturgical Year

The Kim family arrived in the sanctuary just as the Call to Worship began. The girls in first and fourth grades sat with their parents until the storyteller called children forward for the Bible story that would be the focus of their Sunday school lesson. Mom knew what it was because she explored it with other parents while the girls were in choir rehearsal on Wednesday. Then they would, as one parent said, “Have a … Read More

Why Celebrate the Christian Year?

David GambrellLiturgical Year

The Christian year is an ancient pattern of seasons and festivals by which congregations and individuals immerse themselves in the story of God’s saving love through Jesus Christ. This way of keeping time is sometimes called the liturgical year or church calendar. I prefer the name “Christian year” because it helps us remember the central focus—patterning our lives according to the great mystery of our faith: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come … Read More