2023 Epiphany Lectionary: Showing the Way

Maybe you will not be called
With the coal held to your lips,
The rush of wings of
Ambitious angels
Covering you. …
But maybe you will be called by
Fallen mustard seeds and
Open-eyed dreams.
Maybe you will be called by
The ordinary and the striking,
The places where your heart catches
More than once. …
Maybe you will know that
Your call is no less real
Because it comes with
Seeds in your hand
And the taste of fruit in your mouth,
With a sound so soft
It could have just been the breeze,
But wasn’t.

–- Laura Martin
Associate Pastor
Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington, VA

Showing the Way

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2022 Advent Lectionary: Sleepers Wake

Christ climbed down
from His bare Tree
this year
and softly stole away into
some anonymous Mary’s womb again
where in the darkest night
of everybody’s anonymous soul
He awaits again
an unimaginable
and impossibly
Immaculate Reconception
the very craziest
of Second Comings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from A Coney Island of the Mind

What are we waking for?

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2022 Jubilee Lectionary: Deep Hope

Hope is an orientation of the heart… The more unpropitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper that hope is… [Without hope] it is impossible to live in dignity and meaning much less find the will for the ‘hopeless enterprise’ which stands at the beginning of most good things.

Vaclav Havel, Disturbing the Peace, pp. 181-182

Where do you go to find your deepest hope?

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2022 Recommitment Lectionary: Becoming Faithful

Recommitment altar with commitment book and candles

In the struggle to become Christ’s Body, we have only one weapon and one alone: Love…. Love is what first softened your heart and mine. Love brought us into the struggle. Love alone has the power to break hearts open so that we will all lay down our defenses and join in the cosmic movement toward a new heaven, a new earth, in a Holy City whose foundation is Love.

Gordon Cosby,
Seized by the Power of a Great Affection: Meditations on the Divine Encounter, p. 41

What does it mean to become faithful?

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