Preaching using the Narrative Lectionary
For a couple of decades, I have used the Three Year Common Lectionary for Sunday Morning Preaching. Protestants and Roman Catholic ministers chose a two or more scriptures from a common selection of Psalms, Old Testament, Gospel and Epistles. The challenge for preachers is finding the common theme in at least two of scriptures. A few years ago, I began using the alternative “Narrative Lectionary” for the summer worship services. Preaching a series on the Psalms or Wisdom Literature was satisfying for several reasons. One, there was a continuity of theme every Sunday. Two, it gave me the opportunity to preach on lesser known scripture passages or books. Three, the Narrative lectionary was not a forced lesson structure. Many of you responded positively to “summer series” preaching.
So, with the blessing of the Worship Committee, I am using the Narrative Lectionary in the autumn and winter and spring. Last month, I began at the very beginning, Genesis, telling the most famous stories of our faith; Creation, The Children of Abraham, and the Story of Jacob (Joseph and his brothers). During October, you will hear the “old, old stories” with relevant applications and current challenges. I hope you find this walk through the Bible instructive and inspiring. October will teach main lessons from Exodus, I and II Samuel and I Kings. I will also reference a Gospel lesson that relates to the Old Testament lesson. Please see the preaching schedule and scriptures listed. If you are interested in discussing these scriptures during the week, I would be happy to arrange a “sermon prep” chat.
One thing, on October 30, we will be celebrating All Saints Day with the naming of those who died this last year. If you have lost a loved one, member or not, I want to remember them in this special prayer service. Please send their name to the office and consider lighting a candle in either the first or second worship service. If you are unable to walk forward, an acolyte will light the candle while your loved one’s name is spoken. This was a very meaningful service last year. Considering how many people have died this year, I believe it will be comforting for the whole congregation,
May the blessings of our gracious God be with you,