Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Revisited

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! And this is just as true the Sunday after Easter as it was on Easter itself, with all the flowers and choirs and trumpets and bonus worshippers and long-awaited Hallelujahs! Most of us are celebrating the Resurrection this week with less of the bells and whistles, and with… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Sunday

Preachers, if you are still working on Holy Week sermons and reflections, you’re in good company — we’re 11th hour pros here at RevGalBlogPals! Here’s our Holy Week lectionary post that you can check out and comment on as you prep for worship. For Easter preachers working with the Revised Common Lectionary, you have a plethora of scripture available… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Hardened Hearts

What makes for a hardened heart? Consider, for example, all of the life junctures and experiences captured by Romans 5:1-11 (from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary texts) that can lead us to harden our hearts: Suffering, instead of producing endurance, can produce a bitter or jealous heart. Endurance, instead of producing character, can lead to… Read More

RCL: You Shall Be Holy

Sometimes Scripture gets a little obvious (even heavy-handed), as it does in this coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts: “You shall not deal falsely. You shall not lie to one another.” (Leviticus 19:11) #guilty “Do not boast about human leaders.” (1 Corinthians 3:21) #beentheredonethat “You shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor. You… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Called and United

In this week’s installment of Adventures in Preaching, we who follow the Revised Common Lectionary have options of a hopeful prophesy in Isaiah (that is fulfilled by Jesus in Matthew), the calling of some of Jesus’ disciples, a Psalm expressing deep faith, and Paul preaching to the church in Corinth about unity. Those of us in… Read More

RCL: Christmas Continues

If we are listening, I’m quite certain we can still hear Rachel weeping for her children. It isn’t exactly what we want to be thinking about with Christmas candles still burning, though, is it? For decades I have avoided preaching on this passage from Matthew. The other texts this week are much more uplifting and… Read More

RCL: Papa Joe

In this week’s Revised common lectionary readings we get the story of Papa Joe. Joseph is the much overlooked person in the birth story of Christ. I often find myself wondering just how he must have felt about the whole thing. Matthew tells us that he is visited by an angel who tells him not… Read More