November is the final count down on one Church Year and the start of another one. It brings up again the problem in knowing how to close down one year of grace. LW chose to adjust the calendar so that we had three last Sundays in the Church Year -- each one moving us more and more into the final things, second coming, eschatology frame of mind. The problem with that is we find the same themes in Advent and so we kind of glaze over at all the talk of judgment, accountability, return of Christ, etc... Since most congregations substitute the pericopes for All Saints on the first Sunday in November, it kind of screwed it up anyway (unless it was one of those Novembers in which we had four Sundays after Pentecost). In addition we have Thanksgiving in there and it still kind of plays with the mix in the wrong sort of way. We have a school break and vacation period there that often means the last Sunday in November (be it Christ the King or Sunday of the Fulfillment or the Last Sunday after Pentecost or even the First Sunday in Advent) tends to be a small Sunday (in terms of attendance). That kind of takes the wind out of your sails.
I have tried a number of the pericopal options (one year, LW three year, LSB three year) and am still left a bit unsatisfied. All in all I wish we had more options. I do not blame those who tried. They tried. I wonder if it is not sort of like a mine field -- what with the pre-Christmas press and all. Oh, well... Here we go again... limping out of one Church Year and sneaking into another. I just wish there was a bigger bang at the end of one and a bigger splash for the start of another. Any of you feel the same???