2021 Summer Lectionary: How Shall We Love?

Loving is never just about opening our heart. It is about being willing to have our heart become larger as we make room for people and stories and experiences we never imagined holding. It is about being willing to have our heart become deeper as we move beyond the surface layers of our assumptions, prejudices, and habits in order to truly see and receive what—and who—is before us. It is about being willing to have our heart continually shattered and remade as we take in not only the brokenness of the world but also the beauty of it, the astounding wonder that will not allow us to remain the same.…

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2021 Trinity Lectionary: The Strength of Threeness

Wooden three-legged stool

A booklet that was circulated in 1965 by the Church of the Saviour … contained the following statement: “From the earliest days of the church a core assumption has been that  the greatest impact on the world comes about by small, committed and  disciplined communities of people focused on outward mission, inward  transformation, and loving, accountable community.” When Seekers Church formed in 1976, it embraced the three “legs” of a Christian life: the inward journey, supported by daily spiritual practices; the outward journey of mission in the world;  and a community of committed people who deepen their lives of faith  together and hold each other accountable.…

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2021 Easter Lectionary: We Are Witnesses

“What the world needs now are signposts of what’s ahead, markers for the new world just around the corner. The world does not need heroes; the world does not need more messiah complexes. The world does not need Christians who want to ride in on a white horse to save the day. What the world needs are witnesses. Nothing more and nothing less. The earth needs people who can bear witness to the ways in which the world has already changed through the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think?

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2021 Lent Lectionary: Signs of Grace

REFLECTION

What do you think is a sign of grace?

February 18
ASH WEDNESDAY
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
March 21
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
LENT
February 21
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15 
March 28
PALM-PASSION SUNDAY
Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Mark 11:1-11
February 28
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38
Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 

 

 

March 7
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22
April 1
MAUNDY THURSDAY
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 
March 14
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
April 4
EASTER SUNDAY
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

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Readings are available on the internet at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//

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2021 Epiphany Lectionary: Radiant Hope

REFLECTION

So may we know
the hope
that is not just
for someday
but for this day—
here, now,
in this moment
that opens to us:
hope not made
of wishes
but of substance,
hope made of sinew
and muscle
and bone,
hope that has breath
and a beating heart,
hope that will not
keep quiet
and be polite,
hope that knows
how to holler
when it is called for,
hope that knows
how to sing
when there seems
little cause,
hope that raises us
from the dead—
not someday
but this day,
every day,
again and
again and
again.

Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow.…

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