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KLOPPERS, E.. Time as a gift - God's time: the rhythm of the church year. Acta theol. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.2, pp. 50-66. ISSN 1015-8758.
When seen as a gift - as God's time - the careful shaping of the church year strengthens the celebratory character of the worship service; contributes to the effective proclamation of the Word; underlies the church's confession; introduces new people and young people to the faith; forms community; adds to comforting people; exerts healing; anchors the church's diaconal work; contributes to missionary proclamation to "outsiders"; and reflects the ecumenical character of the church service. This article is a plea for a greater consciousness for the structure and times of the church year, with a view to the conveyance of the full truth of the Gospel and the formative effect in the life of the community of faith.
Keywords : Church year; Liturgical year; Church service.