A Pilgrim People: Learning Through the Church Year

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Church Publishing, Inc., 2005 - Religion - 114 pages
As a people whose faith is formed and nourished by the Bible's stories of creation and fall, salvation and redemption, Christians hunger to order their lives by the church's story and their own. Our journey to God leads us through the cycle of the church year from Advent and Christmas to Easter and the season called "ordinary time" as we tell and retell God's story and make it the story we live by. In A Pilgrim People John Westerhoff looks at the gospel texts season by season and relates their teachings not only to Christian life and ministry but to the life cycle of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

In teaching the lessons of the church year, Westerhoff starts not with Advent but with Holy Week and Easter, which marks the birth of Christian faith and its vision of a dream come true. Commenting briefly on each of the gospel readings for each Sunday, he moves from Eastertide through Ascension and Pentecost, the season after Pentecost, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent, offering useful themes for preaching and education. The final chapter incorporates a radical proposal for Christian education to reform the church's organization, worship, education, and outreach.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Classics Edition
vi
Gods Story as Our Story
x
A New Beginning Holy Week and Eastertide
ii
Life in the Spirit Ascension to Pentecost
29
Ordinary Days and Ways The Season After Pentecost
37
Recapturing Lost Visions Advent
49
The Birth of Possibilities Christmas
57
Living Natively Epiphany
67
Facing the Principalities and Powers Lent
81
Reforming Our Common Life The Seasons as Catchesis
95
Epilogue
109
Endnotes
113
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John H. Westerhoff serves as Theologian-in-Residence at St. Luke's Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly Professor of Theology and Christian Nurture at the Duke Divinity School, he is the author of many books, including Will Our Children Have Faith?, Living the Faith Community, and A People Called Episcopalian.

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