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We’re people drawn to stories and shaped by stories. Whether a book, podcast, movie, TV show or song, it’s hard to find a human being who isn’t moved or captivated by a good story. This is because we are created to live in a story— the Christian story.

But given our bent toward sin, away from the one true story, we often find ourselves caught up in the false stories of our culture. Amid the chaos and busyness of everyday life, we buy into narratives like consumerism, secularism, nationalism, progressivism and cynicism. Though we may not confess these stories to be true with our mouths, we act as if they are true with our lives. They sink deep into our bones, shaping and forming our longings and desires, disorienting and distracting us from the gospel.

The Church Calendar—also called the Liturgical Year— seeks to redeem our time and space through the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Through readings, prayers, songs, fasts and other practices, these seasons help to reorient our hearts and minds away from the false stories of the world and back toward the one true story of the Bible—the Christian story.