Let Us Keep The FeastLiving the Church Year at Home—The Complete Collection
by Jessica Snell (ed.), with Michelle Allen Bychek, Ann E. Dominguez, Anna Moseley Gissing, Cate MacDonald, Lindsay Marshall, Jennifer Snell, Kristen Stewart, & Rachel Telander
Summary:A brief guide for individuals and families who want to celebrate the seasons of the Church Year in their daily lives.
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What's new in this edition:Readers familiar with one or more of the booklet editions, released by season (Advent & Christmas, Epiphany & Lent, Holy Week & Easter, and Pentecost & Ordinary Time) will already have a sense of the rich resource that this Complete Collection represents.
In this collection, you will find all eight of the guides for the individual seasons of the Church Year along with additional material, including: an extended list of recommended reading, a guide to exploring the "saints' days" during the Church Year, and a Scripture index for the entire collection.
Even if you already own one or more of the booklets in the series, you will find that the Complete Collection is a worthy addition to your library. Plus, you may use the discount code provided in the back of any of the booklets for a substantial discount off of the price of this collection!
Our days and our weeks are part of God’s created order; the sun setting and rising, the regular shift from work to rest: all of these form a rhythm for our lives, a rhythm that the church has historically observed through a set calendar of feasts and fasts.
Maybe you’ve used an Advent calendar to count down the days till Christmas. Or you might have recently tried giving up something for Lent. These practices are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the riches of the Christian church year.
Why do we celebrate seasons in the church? How can we do it well? And what does it mean for you?
Thousands of Christians wrestle with these questions, and others like them, every year — even every season. In this series of books, these questions are answered!
Written for Christians who want to embrace the historic traditions of the church, and whose desire is to bring them into their daily lives and homes, Let Us Keep the Feast seeks to provide explanation, guidance, and resources for richer, fuller practices for living the Church Year at home.
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This book overflows with good ideas for re-establishing the church-year rhythm of the Church Year in the Christian home life. The nurturing potential of what these writers suggest is truly tremendous. To Jessica and all the contributors, heartfelt thanks.
Dr. J.I. Packer
I really loved this book because it brings together the liturgy of the church and the life of the family. A wonderful, practical guide for celebrating the seasons of the church year for everyone!
Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
Chairman of the Board for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
This is an utterly delightful book! It's filled with wisdom and warmth. Here you can learn about diverse ways Christians prepare for and celebrate the birth of Christ. I've been studying, writing about, and practicing these traditions for years, yet I learned many new things in these pages.
This is the perfect book for parents who want to deepen their children's experience of the Church Year. Lots of truth here, as well as practical, fun ways to celebrate the birth of Christ.
If parents were to ask me how to enrich their families' celebrations of Christmas, Let Us Keep the Feast would be my top recommendation.
Solidly biblical, faithful, and fun, Let Us Keep The Feast is the perfect book for families who want to enrich their celebrations of the Church Year.
Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts
Foundations for Laity Renewal, Kerrville, TX
Author, Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime
Let Us Keep The Feast is a wonderful introduction to the gift of the Church Seasons. Not only is the spiritual purpose of each Season clearly articulated, but creative and practical suggestions will surely help individuals and families grow in Christ. I can't wait to see the rest of the Seasons presented!
The Rev. Karl E. Dietze
Rector of Trinity Anglican Church in Bakersfield, CA
Let Us Keep The Feast is a rich, yet practical, guide for the celebration of the Church Year in the home. Replete with explanations of each season, the biblical basis for its celebration, and ideas for its observance, this book will be a valuable source for individuals and families seeking to infuse their Christian walk with the treasures of Church year observance. I look forward to the coming seasons as my family and I will be using these practical suggestions for celebrating each season.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees
Vth Bishop of San Joaquin
Protestant retrieving the Church calendar is one of the most important and encouraging signs of renewal that I know. This short introduction to two important seasons is everything an introduction should be: theologically astute, clear, practical, and properly introductory. It knows just how much people new to these practices might need to get started with a big list of resources for those who want more. I highly recommend it.
Author of The End of Our Exploring and Earthen Vessels
With simplicity and sincerity, this little book shares the joy of celebrating Christ's gospel in the calendar. Its simplicity will give comfort and clarity to readers who have not yet celebrated the Christian calendar, and its sincerity will rally readers who have followed it their whole lives. It is practical and generous, stuffed with craft ideas, recipes, references to Auden or Eliot's poems, and heartfelt reflections–a delightful, edifying mixture.
Peter David Gross
Executive Director of Wheatstone Ministries
Editor of The Examined Life
As I read this book, I felt so much peace and joy in thinking about the many ways we can orient our lives to Christ's story. In my busy, urban, context, I long for meaningful, embodied ways to connect with Jesus. Let Us Keep the Feast will be a great blessing to me and the fast-moving city dwellers I minister to.
Director of Spiritual Formation at Reality SF
Christianity takes time seriously, and there is something special and holy about celebrating the church year in the home as a family. I’m delighted to see this volume on the Church Year, and I believe it provides a wonderful resource to individuals and families who want to take seriously the sacred rhythms of a life in Christ. Let Us Keep the Feast is a bountiful blessing!
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem, NC
This book is very good. It is well-written, geared to the non-specialist reader who hasn't got a lot of time on his/her hands, and very practical. It ought to do very well and only hope that the other books in the series live up to this one.
Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School
Author of God is Love and The Doctrine of God
This book comes to us not as exhortation but as invitation: Join the feast (and fast), it will nourish your soul and enrich your family. The authors usher us into the complementary seasons of the Christian Year in ways designed for home and heart. The authors help us to extend the joyful implications of Jesus’ birth and life in the feast seasons, while also guiding us into the spirit of fasting intended to quiet us before God so that we can “hear more clearly” and “speak more honestly.” And these welcome and winsome encouragements come spiced with fresh resources for us and our families: scriptures, songs, poems, prayers, recipes and creative activities that help us dwell in the story of Christ artfully. Indeed, let us keep the feast with this spread of delectable servings.
Director of Graduate & Faculty Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Author of Living the Christian Year
Brilliant and illuminating: that is the what I have found living the Church Year to be and what this book is.
John Mark N. Reynolds
Provost, Houston Baptist University
Summer and winter, day and night, work and rest. We are all familiar with these rhythms of life. This book introduces us to the rhythms of Christian life as lived according to the seasons of the Church year, with its feasts and fasts, its high-days and holidays. Helpful, challenging, and instructive: I recommend it.
Dr. Michael Ward
Author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
I am pleased to commend to you this wonderful little book on the Church Year entitled Let Us Keep the Feast. It will be helpful to anyone who wants to better understand and experience the spiritual growth that comes from living out the Christian Calendar. Each chapter ends with a number of suggestions to enrich the season, and this provides a variety of resources appropriate for children and families at home — music, fun activities, poetry, prayers, Scripture verses, and other suggested readings. I highly recommend it for any parent who wants to enhance the Sunday morning experience at Church by supplementing it with what takes place at home during the week.
The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
Jessica Snell has put together a simply invaluable resource for all of us, engaging doctrine, imagination, and the desire to engage deeply with the truths of Christian faith. Whatever our level of familiarity with Christian tradition, there is so much here to refresh and renew us not just for one year but for many to come. We are indebted to her and to all who have contributed to her fine work.
Ann Loades CBE
Professor Emerita of Divinity, University of Durham and Honorary Professor of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Accessible for the newcomer to liturgical tradition and informative even for those raised with it, Let Us Keep The Feast is packed with guidance as well as ideas for crafts, music, art, and poetry for adults and children. I look forward to using its recommendations.
Author of Story of Stories: A Guided Tour from Genesis to Revelation
Ever since Robert Webber introduced American Evangelicals to Ancient-Future worship in his books and workshops, there has been a need to provide also user-friendly explanations and resources to compliment the public aspects of corporate worship with accessible tools to grow the individual [and the Christian family at home] in their personal spiritual growth. Traditional books of piety are often incomprehensible to people new to the ancient traditions of the Church, besides often being meager in Scriptural references and overwhelming in non-Biblical legends and traditions. These writers do a brilliant job of explaining the traditions of the Church Year [some of which go back to the earliest years of Christianity — even before Constantine's ending of the Roman persecution of Christians] firstly from their Scriptural sources, and the earliest primary sources of the Church as it began to create the seasons and rituals that made up the Church Year. The authors also exhibit a wide knowledge of resources in art, music, and literature relevant to the deepening of a Christian's personal encounter with the crucified and risen Lord. Best of all, they provide a variety of activities, recipes, and hands-on-activities which can give a Christian family numerous ways to allow their children to enter into these Biblical events and be transformed as well as informed by them. This series of books on the seasons and celebrations of the Christian year would benefit every Christian household, every pastor's study and every Sunday school resource center.
The Rev Dr Arnold W Klukas
Professor of Liturgy and Spirituality, Nashotah House Theological Seminary (retired)
Many people are rediscovering the hidden treasure of the church seasons, and especially the slow savouring of our salvation story through the Church Year. Let Us Keep The Feast provides an excellent resource for those who would like to make this journey together. There are clear explanations of the traditions, excellent links to their roots in scripture and some fine suggestions for everything from further reading to things the whole family can do together. I strongly commend this project.
Author of Sounding the Seasons, Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year
Søren Kierkegaard, the “Melancholy Dane,” dourly observed, “The reason why people celebrate on New Year’s Eve is to drown out the sound of grass growing over their own graves.” Christians have a more hopeful reason for marking time, a reason rooted in the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and the promise of consummation. This helpful series encourages us to explore in accessible, imaginative, and informed ways the distinctive hopefulness of the Christian vision of time through everyday practices and reflection.
Pastor of Blacknail Presbyterian Church of Durham, NC
Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home is indeed a feast, and one at which Christians from all traditions may dine and be filled. Written with clarity and creativity, it is a delightful introduction to the seasons and practices of the Christian year, and a sure guide to living them out in a family setting.
Rev. Dr. Joel Scandrett
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology
Director of the Robert E. Webber Center, Trinity School for Ministry
In a day of nonstop multisensory overload, these writers beckon us into the contemplative and sacred space of the church's calendar and focus our senses on the festive delights of Christian reflection and worship. For those of us who feel adrift in a culture spinning and swirling without orientation, Let Us Keep the Feast can recalibrate our lives, centering our hearts on Christ and anchoring our practices in church and home within the lively traditions of the saints.
Chaplain of St Mary’s College, Durham University
Author of TheoMedia: The Media of God in the Digital Age and Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint