By Marie McNary
Celebrating the Church Year in June
As we turn our calendar to a new month, we begin to anticipate all that Summer has to offer. I love beginning a new month because it always feels like a fresh start. Have you been wanting to celebrate the church year at home and just haven’t had the chance? June is a great month to begin! Maybe your kids are home from school for the summer – what a great time to get them involved in helping you plan how to celebrate in your home. Every home is different.
There is no right or wrong way to remember these dates. It is just a wonderful opportunity to bring rich Church history into our homes and start an open dialogue in our families. The Lutheran Service Book and Treasury of Daily Prayer are not just for church – they are amazing resources to use at home (along with your Bibles) as well!
June 1: Justin, Martyr Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 396
June 5: Third Sunday after Pentecost Learn a hymn together as a family! For our family I like to pick one where I can carry the tune (I am not musically inclined) and that my young children can sing with me. This month our selected Hymn is LSB 507 – Holy, Holy, Holy. Here is a video of Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA singing this hymn if you’d like something to sing along to.
June 5: Boniface of Mainz, Missionary to the Germans Treasury of Daily Prayer, Pages 406-407
June 11: St. Barnabas, Apostle Treasury of Daily Prayer, Pages 421-422 Read about Barnabas in Scripture: Acts 11, Acts 13
June 12: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Read more about how one family celebrated Pentecost here: http://abundleofmyrrh.com/wordpress/?p=22249
June 12: The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 425 Read the Nicene Creed together as a family. LSB p. 158
June 14: Elisha Treasury of Daily Prayer, Pages 430-431 Read about Elisha in Scripture: 2 Kings
June 19: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
June 24: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist Treasury of Daily Prayer, Pages 459-460 Listen to top Church leaders discuss John the Baptist on Issues, Etc. http://issuesetc.org/tag/john-the-baptist/
June 25: Presentation of the Augsburg Confession Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 463
June 26: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
June 26: Jeremiah Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 466 Read Jeremiah’s book of the Bible.
June 27: Cyril of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 469
June 28: Irenaeus of Lyons, Pastor Treasury of Daily Prayer, Pages 471-472
June 29: St. Peter and Paul, Apostles Treasury of Daily Prayer, Page 476 The Church Year in the Home has some great ideas on celebrating the Feast of St. Peter and Paul here: http://churchyearinthehome.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-feast-of-saints-peter-and-paul.html
Celebrate our Lord and Savior and His Church this month – how is your family celebrating? Share your ideas with us here.