Ministry Musings: Lectionary Resources

This Sunday, we begin a new three-year Lectionary Cycle.  I want to remind you of two resources that will help you preach and teach mote effectively if you use the Revised Common Lectionary…

(1) Ancient Christian Devotional (InterVarsity Press) series is available for all three lectionary years.  It is the most-accessible way I know to interface scripture and tradition.

(2) The Upper Room Disciplines (Upper Room Books), published annually, with daily meditations that follow the weekly lectionary readings.

In addition to the petsonal benefits you will receive from using these resources, I would hope you might form a lectionary reading group in your church, inviting folks to be reading the passages which you will be preaching from each Sunday. 

Both of these resources would be excellent ones for such a group to be using along with you.  One of the principles we inherit from the early Christians is reading and meditating together on common texts.  Your preaching will be enriched as more and more of your people come to church each Sunday having lived in the same texts you are preaching from.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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