This week’s lectionary texts are:
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
I Thess. 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
There are no additional texts in the Extended Lectionary for this week. However, I believe that the cutting of Isaiah 61 was unnecessary. I recommend that you read the entire text, which paints a remarkable picture of God’s agent/s [...]
Merciful God, you sent the prophets as your messengers to teach humanity how to change its ways and enter into your new world of peace and equality; give us grace to listen to their warnings, abandoning our ways of injustice and oppression, so that – when Christ returns in glory – we will be ready and eager to greet him.
Here is the prayer for the week:
Almighty God, we long for the day when Jesus will return to set our world right, and to raise us into the life of your new creation. As we anticipate that day, help us to follow his example by setting aside the things that harm ourselves and your creation, and embracing those things that bring life and joy.
This upcoming Sunday represents the start of Year B in the calendar for the Revised Common Lectionary. During Year B, the gospel texts will be drawn from Mark. The Old Testament texts will eventually include extensive readings form the life of David, in 1st and 2nd Samuel.
Here are the lectionary texts for this week:
Psalm 80:1-7, 7-19
Almighty God, you seek to restore all things in and through your Son. Look upon humanity in mercy. Free us from those things that keep us divided, and bring us together under the gentle and gracious rule of Jesus, our true King and Lord.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son [...]
This upcoming Sunday is Reign of Christ Sunday, the final Sunday in the liturgical year. The texts begin with a call to all people to praise God because of God’s goodness. The Ezekiel text then continues with a promise that God will act decisively to bring back all of those “lost sheep” who have been pushed out of the fold b [...]
Here is the prayer for the week of November 16:
Lord, your gift of holy Scripture brings us life and light. As we hear and reflect on its words, help us to embrace an abiding hope for your new world.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwar [...]
The Lectionary Texts for the week leading up to November 16 are…
I Thess. 5:1-11
If you are reading with the Extended Lectionary, you also should all of I Thessalonians 5.
I also put together a YouTube video discussing the Revised Common Lectionary texts for November 16. I probably won’t [...]
God, your Son came into our world to undo the works of evil and transform us into your children. Help us to live in this hope, so that – when Christ returns to dwell among us – we are ready to be made like him, both in body and in spirit.
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of [...]
Merciful God, through your grace you have gifted each of us with the capacity to serve. Help us to run, without stumbling, as we strive to participate in the transformation of your world.
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without [...]