I have found that worship which does not follow the church year is often characterized by sameness. . . . a routine that tends to dull the richness of our faith. But worse than that is the experience of having major feast days such as Christmas and Easter go by without adequate preparation for them and no larger context in which they can be understood. . . . The church calendar year provides us not only with a variety of events to celebrate but also with varied periods of intensity and relaxation in our worship.
-Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation, Second Edition (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Pub., 1996), 171.