Why is the church year so out of whack with the calendar and the culture? The calendar says we are a month away from the New Year but the church begins the new liturgical year today. The culture says it’s time to enter the full-blown Christmas hoopla with lots of buying and partying. The church says not so fast. Let’s see what we can learn from this annual tug of war.

Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Song: "Surprise Me" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band