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Extended Lectionary Change

Extended Lectionary Change
I’ve made one change in the way I post the Extended Lectionary on the front page. The section entitled “This Week’s Extended Lectionary Texts” now refers to the texts that were used in the Sunday at the start of the week (not for the upcoming Sunday, as I had previously been posting). That means that – for this w [...]

The Pale Blue Dot and Psalm 19

Pale Blue Dot
I want to show you a photograph. It is – by many accounts – the most important photograph that has ever been taken. Have a look: This photograph was taken by the Voyager I space probe on February 14, 1990. It shows the planet Earth at an almost unfathomable distance of 3.7 billion miles. Call it the ultimate selfie. Humanity is ta [...]

Liturgy that Matters: The Jesus Creed

Jesus Creed
As I have previously written, liturgy matters. It is a practice that has an important role in the well-rounded spiritual toolkit. In this post, I am going to talk about one particular liturgy that – for me – is the most essential of all of the widely-used and accepted liturgies. Credit: Benjamin Gray (Flickr) A few years ago, blog [...]

Revealed as Beloved Son – A Pra...

prayer for the week
Father in heaven, at his baptism, you revealed Jesus as your beloved Son, and placed within him your Holy Spirit. May all of us who are baptized into his name recognize and honor him as the one, true Lord of your creation. Traditional: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anoint [...]

Why Liturgy Matters

Statue Prayer
I was raised in the Churches of Christ – a faith tradition in which prayer is seen as a form of self-expression. For those who come from this tradition, and other similar ones, good prayers are made up of words that are simple and extemporaneous. I have often found such prayer to be moving because it has a feeling of raw honesty and imm [...]

“He Delivers the Needy” &...

extended lectionary
The lectionary texts for this week center on the Epiphany (the occasion where Jesus was visited by the Magi from the East). In this remarkable story, God reveals the birth of Jesus the King to people of another religion, who are then tasked with the responsibility of helping to save Jesus from his own religion.  Psalm 72 reenforces the Kingly [...]

“You Have Restored Our Dignity&...

Advent Candles
God, you have restored our dignity through your Son Jesus, who humbled himself and shared in our humanity. As Jesus embraced your work of restoring all creation, may we, too, join in his divine life. Traditional: O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine [...]

“And His Life Was Light” ...

Light
This lectionary texts for the second Sunday after Christmas feature a reading from John 1, which describes Jesus as a source of light for humanity. Here are all of the texts: Psalm 147:12-20 Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:1-18 If you are reading with the extended lectionary, you should also read the entirety of Psalm 147.

Light from God’s New World R...

Advent Candles
Almighty God, the light of your new world has been poured into us through the birth of your Son, Jesus. As we have received this light, may it continue to shine forth in our words and actions. Traditional: Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine fort [...]

“If” – A Mediation ...

Birth
If you want the Virgin will come walking down the road pregnant with the holy and say,  “I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart, my time is so close.”  Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the sublime intimacy, the divine, the Christ taking birth forever,  as she grasps your hand for help, for each of us [...]

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