Revised Common Lectionary ~ Priorities

I’m in a state of disbelief  (or perhpas denial) that it’s already August! It feels as if summer has scarcely begun, but as Facebook reminds me, kids are headed back to school some places. Most of us are staring at the reality of fall and the program year just around the corner. It’s time to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Lotsa options edition

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter can be found here and the readings for the Feast of the Ascension (or Ascension Day) are here. And those mark only two of your options – in the U.S., it’s also Mother’s Day. Whether – and how – to observe this day in church is always up for… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Meeting Jesus edition

Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter may be found here, and commentary from Working Preacher is here. Low Sunday (and doubting/faithful Thomas) have come and gone,  and hopefully you’ve had a few days off, or at least caught up on your sleep as we settle into Eastertide. This week’s readings are rich with possibility,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary~The Prodigal Returns Edition

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent can be found here. Commentary from Working Preacher can be found here. We are squarely midway through Lent. In some traditions, this coming Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, is known as “refreshment Sunday,” a time to “lighten up” a bit as we trudge through Lent towards Holy… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ If it’s last Epiphany…

…it can only mean one thing: our gospel reading is the story of the Transfiguration. When I hear the word “transfiguration these days, Professor McGonagall appearing as a cat outside the Dursley home in the first Harry Potter book is the image that comes to mind. As fantastic as transfiguration is in the wizarding world,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ Faith, works, dogs, and crumbs edition

The RCL readings for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) can be found here. My preaching this summer has followed the story of the Davidic monarchy, and this shift to wisdom literature makes an interesting juxtaposition. Our assigned reading from Proverbs provides both an interesting postscript on the ups and downs of Saul, David,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary ~ If it’s the week after Easter, it must be Thomas edition

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,… Read More