Revised Common Lectionary: Exalted and Humbled Edition

How do you pray? Between last week’s persistent widow and this week’s Pharisee and tax collector, there are lots of examples of prayer in Jesus’ teachings at this point in the lectionary. Will you be exploring the topic of prayer with your community this week? Alternately, the point about the humbled being exalted (and vice… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leanings–Remember

For some of us, this weekend is World Communion Sunday. Our text for Sunday is from Exodus. It is our first dip into the waters of this book, having finished Genesis last week, and we are dropped right into the instructions for the Passover. Will you do some interpretation to get people from A to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Good Samaritan, Bad…

Last week I met a retired pastor who told me about the church he attends in Sahuarita, Arizona, The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. He is proud of the ministry being done there, a commitment to save migrant lives in the desert. The ministry is called Samaritans or Los Samaritanos. There are many ways people… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary~Unexpected guest edition 

The RCL readings for the Fouth Sunday after Pentecost are here.  After a long sojourn through the Gospel according to John, I for one am glad to be back in the narrative world of Luke. We picked up Luke’s gospel a couple of weeks ago just as he had finished his “sermon on the plain,”… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Sons of Widows

The readings for this Sunday include two stories about a widow’s son being raised from the dead. Elijah raises the son of the widow at Zarephath, who has provided for him while he was in hiding. (Both alternatives for the OT reading include this story!) Jesus raises the son of the widow at Nain, a… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Do not doubt, but believe!

  If it’s the Sunday after Easter, it must be Doubting Thomas Sunday. Or Faithful Thomas Sunday, if you prefer, since he’s the first disciple to recognize Jesus as God. It’s a familiar story about a faithful disciple getting a bad reputation that endures for 2000 years. What will you say about Thomas that you… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: And Not a Drop to Drink

  Preachers, it is the second Sunday after Epiphany (you may find the texts here), and we are still in posture of exploration and discovery. Now that Christ has come and has been revealed to us, we’re still coming to understand what that means. I’m very much attracted to the story of the wedding at… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Of Stars, Water & Fire

Somewhere in the east, a star is shining — bright and beautiful against the backdrop of dawn’s blush. And in the hushed suspense before the sunrise, it seems possible that the star’s brilliance alone could save the earth, could save your own heart from its fatigue and cynicism, could save us all and convert us to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Fleeting Christmas

The Christmas season is so short! Many teachers and students started their winter break during Advent, and will return after the last Sunday in the season of Christmas. This crucial season in the church year, when we celebrate the arrival of our Savior as a newborn child, is as fleeting as the infancy of a real newborn… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Singing and Sacrifice

It’s the last Sunday in Advent. We’re rounding third (or fourth, if we’re talking Sundays) and heading for home this week. Get excited! The Revised Common Lectionary Year C Advent readings focus a lot on John the Baptist and his life, and we don’t even get to Mary until week 4. We finally meet her… Read More