The Spirit of the Lord
Church Year Calendar 2012-2013: Year C
Size 8 ½ x 11 (11 x 17 open)
Page Count: 32 pages plus cover
Calendar dates: December 2, 2012 - November 30, 2013
Lectionary Used: Revised Common Lectionary, Year C
© 2012. The Urban Ministry Institute.
Photos: top, Front Cover, bottom, Rear Cover
The Spirit of the Lord
The Holy Spirit of God (the third person of the Trinity) empowers the Church to worship and serve God through Christ. As the one who inspired the prophets to write the Scriptures, he alone reveals the mystery of Christ's work to us. He alone illumines us as to the meaning of God's saving work in Christ, and provides us the power to fulfill God's will and advance his Kingdom in the earth.
Our 2012-13 Church Year Calendar, The Spirit of the LORD, displays some of the rich biblical imagery associated with the Holy Spirit's person and work. These images provide a clear framework of the Spirit's mighty work within our Lord's life and ministry -- our Savior operated with the Spirit's anointing in all his redemptive work for humankind.
This calendar follows the Christian Year, which starts on Advent's first Sunday and ends with the week of the Feast of the Reign of Christ the King. We also list the weekly texts of Revised Common Lectionary Year C, the major Christian feast days, along with commentary on their meaning within the larger Story of God. Come, join us as we celebrate the presence of God's gracious guarantee of our inheritance in Christ - the Spirit of the LORD!
Used at least in part by virtually all traditions of the Church (including Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant traditions), the Christian Church year highlights and follows the prophecy, manifestation, and ministry of Jesus. The unfolding events on the calendar becomes an opportunity for worshipers to hear the prophets herald his coming, to kneel at the manger, to worship Christ with the magi, and to hear his teaching to the multitudes. Through these events we see our Lord triumphantly come to Jerusalem, stand accused in a sham trial before his foes, be crucified with thieves on Golgotha, and rise from the dead on the third day! From his ascension to the coming of the Holy Spirit, from his exaltation to the mission of his Church in the world, the Church Year reminds us of the that Story which in fact is the Greatest Story Ever Told– the hope of salvation in Christ for the world.
The purpose of the Church Year, then, from ancient times to the present, has been to remember, reenact, and to be transformed by the major events of Jesus’ life. In the course of our everyday lives, we redraw and relive the way of Jesus in real time, tracing his birth, death, resurrection, ascension, session and return through the course of the year.
Get your copy of The Spirit of the Lord calendar today, and follow the Story of the Christ throughout the year!