Wednesday Morning Bible Study “Sermon Shaping”
You are invited to join with the pastors on Wednesday mornings at 7 am to listen for God’s Word in the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday in the Church Library. We meet for one hour. Coffee and/or hot water for tea is available. Please join us.
The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of weekly lections covering all the major texts of the Bible. The RCL is used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The lectionary follows the seasons of the Church Year and includes four lections for each Sunday:
- a reading from the Hebrew Bible,
- a Psalm,
- a reading from the Epistles, and
- a Gospel reading.
Typically the gospel lections for each Sunday provide the focus for that day. The other lections for a given day generally have a thematic relationship to the gospel reading for that day, although this is not always the case. The gospel readings for each year come from one of the synoptic gospels according to the following pattern:
- Year A – Matthew
- Year B – Mark
- Year C – Luke
- Readings from the Gospel of John can be found throughout the RCL.
During the season of Easter, the Hebrew Bible lection is usually replaced with one from the Acts of the Apostles. In Ordinary Time, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two sets of readings for the lessons from the Hebrew Bible. One set proceeds semi-continuously, giving the story of the Patriarchs and the Exodus in Year A; the monarchial narratives in Year B, and readings from the Prophets in Year C.
In the other set of readings for Ordinary Time (shown in italics on this site) the readings from the Hebrew Bible are thematically related to the gospel lections. Denominations or local churches generally use either the semi-continuous readings or the thematic readings during Ordinary Time.
They do not typically move back and forth between the two over the course of a single season.
Study resources for weekly lectionary readings include:
Weekly Seeds is a weekly email summary of our popular resource for lectionary-based Bible study. It includes next Sunday’s Bible reading, a brief meditation, and reflections from ancient or contemporary sources.
SAMUEL is a sermon preparation resource designed for use with the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week, you’ll find that Sunday’s lectionary texts and “Sermon Seeds,” a reflection on the focus text from the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. Each week, Sermon Seeds are also adapted as “Weekly Seeds” on ucc.org for Bible study in the local church and for personal devotion and study. Along with the text and reflection, you’ll find a prayer, additional thoughts for reflection, and focus questions for discussion.
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