Calendar Days Major and Minor

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!)

One thought on “Calendar Days Major and Minor

  1. At the end of every year (i.e. in November/ December), we always google the religious and secular calendar for the upcoming year. We put all the dates into an excel spreadsheet, and decide which Sundays should be impacted by an upcoming holiday. We also try to remember or consider events relevant to our congregation. For example, if September 11th falls on a Sunday we will probably spend time reflecting on that event in way.

    Not every holiday affects the preaching. Sometimes, or perhaps more often, we let the worship service speak to the occasion. For example, on Veterans day we will do things to honor veterans.

    There are a number of drawbacks to tending to every holiday. First, it builds up expectation in people’s minds each that we will always do element X in our services. So we are careful not to create new traditions that could potential handicap us later. Second, there are too many special occasions. This can disrupt the flow of expository series.

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