We use the Revised Common Lectionary, a list of Bible readings used by many churches and denominations around the world.
The specific readings, the reflection that begins our worship, and a guiding question for this season are below.
What signs have you seen that God is home among us?
See the home of God is among mortals. This morning your dog licked your face, you had a hot cup of coffee, and you drank it in a warm kitchen. …This month, you needed comfort and were comforted. …This month, this year, you celebrated however many years of sobriety, or cancer remission, or parenthood, or single parenthood: this month, this year, you celebrated the day your life began again. . ..This month you forgave—truly forgave—an enemy, and a weight was lifted off of your chest. …This week you were forgiven again when you didn’t deserve it. …This year you loved with wild abandon, not worrying about what that would mean for your future broken heart. …Yesterday you watched people who came to lift the rubble in Haiti, to care for the dead, to comfort the mourners. An ecosystem of love built among destruction. See the home of God is among mortals.
— adapted from Robin Bartlett “The Home of God is Among Mortals” at The Message, October 9, 2016
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22
1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
All Saints Day (observed)
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
Reign of Christ
2 Samuel 23:1-7
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Advent 1 (Year C)
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Readings are available on the internet at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//