Good day my fellow RevGalPals! This weeks revised common lectionary readings can be found here. And what an interesting set of readings they are too!

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There are quite a variety of texts to choose from and maybe it’s my ADHD kicking in I find myself struggling with what to preach to a congregation here in the states who will be increasingly focused on the American Presidential Election. There is so much anxiety and stress present in my congregation. They are a mixed group some of whom are fairly extreme in their own political views, or at least those expressed on Facebook as of late, yet they seem to somehow coexist in worship each week. Striking a balance is hard on a normal day. And this Sunday I’m tempted to throw caution to the wind and pretend the election is not happening at all!

In reality I will buckle down and face the task ahead of me as a grown up (in flip flops as it is 85 degrees here in Alabama!)

What might you be looking to preach this week good RevGalPals?

Do you look to Haggai and the faithful remnant? The assurances of God’s faithfulness and the admonishment to not fear might be good words of great joy this week.

Are you intrigued by 2 Thessalonians which reminds the readers that even when things seem to be headed in a difficult direction do not be alarmed?

What about Psalm 145 which states boldly in verse 18 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”?

Or does the story from Luke, with it’s seven brothers and one bride question from people trying to trip Jesus up, seem to call to you?

Perhaps you are doing All Saints day celebrations and using the lectionary reading for that day found here.

Whatever the case, please use this space as place to think, question, dream, process and seek. God is constantly seeking us out, no doubt we will be found!


Cardelia Howell-Diamond is a Cumberland Presbyterian Pastor serving in Northern Alabama. She blogs (usually sermons) at Random Rev. She has written many bible study books for her denomination on various topics which can be found here.


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14 thoughts on “Revised Common Lectionary: Whose Wife is she Anyway?

  1. I’m going with the whose wife is she question – with a little fear and trepidation. How often does it happen around a funeral when you hear, “She was happy to go so she could be with Dad” ? I am going to try to talk about the next dimension not being this world writ large in neon with some reference to Jesus’ post resurrection appearances. That’s the plan today.

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    1. Jeri- I like the idea of tying in post resurrection stories. I am focusing on the Luke passage as well. I think talking about “the afterlife” can be very hard in some contexts. Some people are very tied to the concept of everything being the same, but better. Prayers as you work in this tension.

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  2. I will be aiming for practicing resurrection (ala Wendell Berry) as God is a God of the living.
    Wondering what we fear if we do live as resurrection people in today’s world…we are always Easter people…what do we fear if we allow resurrection to transform us?

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    1. Elaine- God is a God of the living- all of the living, now and forevermore. What an inspiring challenge to live now as resurrection people. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear how this turns out!

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  3. I think I’m going with Haggai and not being discouraged. A good opportunity to delve into OT history (well, I’ve enjoyed it, anyway!), and then I expect I will go on to Thessalonians (the congregation will hate me for three readings, but one can’t not read the Gospel – at least, I can’t, anyway) and link them together and talk about what happens when it all seems Too Much, and how can we go on trusting God in a post-Brexit world…..

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    1. Mrsredboots- We read all four readings every week. It can seem like too much some Sundays, but I don’t think they’d let me get away with less. Prayers as you unpack Haggai!

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  4. I am going with Haggai. This is stewardship commitment week for us. Also we are nearing the end of recovery from our sanctuary fire – hoping to be back in within a week or two – but still there is fear that we will not be able to maintain the renewed building with higher costs, new alarm service, etc. I think Haggai gives us hope for the future, and also speaks to the ongoing vision some still carry for church like it used to be. God’s vision for us is always better. Faith has a future, even if we cannot see exactly what that will look like. We are, like the people in Haggai’s time, needing to trust God for the future, and be faithful as God is faithful.

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    1. mkrabbe- Haggai is defiantly a good conversation starter for stewardship. It is a shame that we only hear from it once in the lectionary. “Faith has a future,even if we cannot see exactly what that will look like.” That will preach!

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  5. thinking of going with the question about resurrection, and all saints. I have lent my copy of Waterbugs and Dragonflies, so i will see if i can find another copy to tell on Sunday. having a sick day today, head cold and sinus infection, which means working from home, becasue i hope to be well by Sunday 🙂

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    1. Rachel, thank you so much for sharing your reflection. I appreciated your thoughts on how we are to continue as the people of God. It leads me to ask, Are we stepping into the shoes of those saints who came before, or are we waiting for someone else to do it for us? Very thought provoking.

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