2020 Summer Lectionary: Hearing Stories Again for the First Time


The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed. That it became, through the intervening years, a religion of the powerful and the dominant, used sometimes as an instrument of oppression, must not tempt us into believing that it was thus in the mind and life of Jesus. … Wherever his spirit appears, the oppressed gather fresh courage; for he announced the good news that fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited, need have no dominion over them.…

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2020 Trinity Lectionary: Finding Comfort

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As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness – just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues, p 66

Where do you find comfort?

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2020 Easter Lectionary: Witnesses to Hope

The Christian faith is one that does not pretend things aren’t bad. This is a faith that does not offer platitudes to those who lost children this week to suicide or a tornado. This is not a faith that produces optimism. It is a faith that produces a defiant hope that God is still writing the story and that despite darkness a light shines and that God can redeem our crap and that beauty matters and that despite every disappointing thing we have ever done or that we have ever endured, that there is no hell from which resurrection is impossible.…

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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
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?

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
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

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

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