I presume most of us are sensitive enough to the calendar to know when it is Christmas and Easter. But what about the rest of the calendar? Yesterday was All Saints Day. Friday was Reformation Day. Next Sunday (in the UK) is Remembrance Sunday (to remember and honour the giving of life in war – almost politically incorrect these days and increasingly ignored, even in churches).
How much does the calendar influence your preaching? Some pay great attention, others practically none. Somehow we need to determine when to let a specific day be a major or a minor influence, and when to not be influenced at all by a more obscure day. How many Sundays are influenced in your calendar? How much do we consider the feelings of our congregations in this issue? For some readers, this is a big issue. For others, this is probably the most irrelevant post ever. The diversity of the body of Christ!
(By the way, today is All Souls Day – a traditional day for praying for dead relatives in purgatory. I don’t think that will influence my message today!)