2020 Lent Lectionary: How Can These Things Be?

The reflection for this season is a poem by Laura Martin, Associate Pastor at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA, who has graciously given us permission to use it in full in our bulletin. It begins, “For God so loves the world/That she gives us awe/Shivers on our arms/Shooting stars…” If you are on Facebook, you can read the rest of the poem at https://www.facebook.com/pg/lauramartinpoetry/posts/?ref=page_internal 

How Can These Things Be?

February 26   
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 29
Ezekiel 37:1‑14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6‑11
John 11:1‑45
March 1
Genesis 2:15‑17, 3:1‑7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12‑19
Matthew 4:1‑11
April 5
Palm Sunday
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Philippians 2:5‑11
Matthew 21:1-11
March 8
Genesis 12:1‑4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1‑5, 13‑17
John 3:1‑17
April 9
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
March 15
Exodus 17:1‑7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1‑11
John 4:5‑42
April 12
Easter
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
March 22
1 Samuel 16:1‑13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8‑14
John 9:1‑41

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

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2020 Epiphany Lectionary: The Wholeness of What is to Come

Genuine spirituality is not an individual pursuit, but must be anchored in one’s local community.… This means a constant struggle between freedom and obedience, listening and asserting oneself, possessing and letting go, clinging to stability and embracing change. Each individual rightfully seeks the freedom to develop God-given talents, but any selfish or narcissistic leanings are bruised in the give-and-take of community life.

Kathleen Norris, Foreword to Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict,
by Esther de Waal, The Liturgical Press: Collegeville, MN, p. 8

What anchors you in community?

EPIPHANY
January 5
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
 

February 9
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 112
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

January 12
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
February 16      
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37
January 19
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42 
February 23
Transfiguration Sunday
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
January 26       
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
LENT
February 26      
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-2
February 2
Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
March 1
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

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2019 Advent Lectionary: What do you hear? What do you see?

Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now―in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. … Indeed, God is transforming the world now―through us―because God loves us.

― Desmond Tutu, from the introduction to God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

What are you finding in this Advent?

 Advent 1
December 1 
Isaiah 2:1‑5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11‑14
Matthew 24:36‑44

Advent 4
December 22 
Isaiah 7:10‑16
Psalm 80:1‑7, 17‑19
Romans 1:1‑7
Matthew 1:18‑25

Advent 2
December 8

Isaiah 11:1‑10
Psalm 72:1‑7, 18‑19
Romans 15:4‑13
Matthew 3:1‑12

CHRISTMASTIDE
December 29
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

Advent 3
December 15
    
Isaiah 35:1‑10
Luke 1:46b‑55
James 5:7‑10
Matthew 11:2‑11 

EPIPHANY OBSERVED
January 5 
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

 

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2019 Jubilee Lectionary: The vision is out there…

The Gospel will be performed where two or three are gathered together, listening for the Word of God, feeling the breath of the Spirit dancing in and among and through them, feeding one another so that they can become what they already are: members of the Body of Christ, going out to perform the Good News of God’s love for the healing of the world.

Deborah Sokolove, Performing the Gospel, p. 171

Where are you searching? What do you see?

October 27
ALL SAINTS (observed)
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Psalm 149
Ephesians 1:11-23
Luke 6:20-31

November 17
Isaiah 65:17-25
Isaiah 12
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

November 3
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,
      11-12
Luke 19:1-10

November 24
REIGN OF CHRIST
Jeremiah 23:1‑6
Luke 1:68‑79
Colossians 1:11‑20
Luke 23:33‑43

November 10
Haggai 1:15b‑2:9
Psalm 145:1‑5, 17-21
2 Thessalonians 2:1‑5,
      13-17
Luke 20:27‑38

ADVENT, YEAR A
December 1
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C

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2019 Recommitment Lectionary: Persistence in Adversity

Joy abandons me. There is no cure for my grief. My heart is sick…. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved….
O that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for my poor people…. The Holy One says, Build houses to live in; plant gardens and eat what they grow….Seek the welfare of the city….Pray to the Holy One on its behalf, for in its welfare, you will find yours.

Jeremiah 8:18,20, 9:10 and 29:5,7

How do you persist in adversity?

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