Category Archives: Lectionary

Passion Sunday

Yesterday I used the taunts calling Jesus to come down from the cross as the basis for a Passion Sunday talk. The story is in Mark 15:29-32: Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who … Continue reading

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Ezra and the mixture of joy and sorrow

Our young preacher uses images projected on a screen to illustrate his sermons. Yesterday he made a point about the readings from Ezra that I discussed in a post last week. Solomon’s temple–the first temple–had been grander than the one Ezra … Continue reading

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Advent 3-a meditation on the post-exilic period

For the third Sunday in Advent the Narrative Lectionary has the theme of the Rebuilding of the Temple and uses Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13 as the suggested reading. However, since it is a narrative lectionary and the next story will be … Continue reading

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Advent meditation-a quiet exodus

The narrative lectionary puts the reading for the second Sunday in Advent between the story of Josiah’s attempt to get the people of Jerusalem to worship the true God and John the Baptist’s much later call for repentance.  The words … Continue reading

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Lectionary censorship and a proposal

A lectionary is a collection of scripture readings appointed for reading in worship on a given day or occasion.  Christian lectionaries usually follow the seasons of the church year; Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, etc. For many years as a preacher … Continue reading

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The historical Elijah

The sermon I am preparing is about the prophet Elijah.  Our pastor uses something called the Narrative Lectionary.  So I am going to (sort of) use the scripture that comes up for November 8 in that.   I am going to … Continue reading

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Easter-Psalm 118

I live near Kansas City.  If you have been paying attention to the news at all, you know that an antisemite shot people in the parking lots at a Jewish complex in Overland Park, Kansas yesterday.  I am familiar with … Continue reading

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