Why The Lectionary

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The witness of the Word of God precedes us and the Word of God chooses us.

The lectionary is not a holy injunction but it is a map that lays out one course for reading the Bible. The lectionaries used on this site follows the Narrative Lectionary and the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer (1979).

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.

The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith.

The Daily Readings for the Narrative Lectionary contained on this site contain the readings used for worship at our church on Sunday mornings and readings for use throughout the week. The daily reading can be found at the following site 2017-18 Daily Readings Copy .

Daily Office Lectionary readings are organized on a two-year cycle and can provide a basis for daily devotional reading and reflection. Because of its roots in worship, the readings follow the church year beginning with Advent (Year 1 begins with Advent, 2012 for the 2013 Church Year; Year 2 begins with Advent, 2013 for the 2014 church year). This implementation omits readings from the Apocrypha. Use of these readings allows you to cover the entire New Testament and the great narrative cycles and many passages from the prophets and writings in two years. The advantages to this discipline is that it (1) allows you to read the Bible over and over again and presses you to read those passages you might not read otherwise, (2) has you read passages that you will probably never hear preached on, and (3) means that you will not be reading alone for whenever you turn to this study you can be assured that there are people all over the world reading, studying and praying over the same passages.