Living the Lectionary: Joining the Church in the Rhythm of God’s Word
Scripture reading in community has always been essential to following the Lord. In the English Reformation, Thomas Cranmer, in writing the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, invigorated the Church of England by recovering the ancient practice of a guided schedule of bible readings called a lectionary. With the release of the new Book of Common Prayer 2019, Advent will forgo a prompted theme and simply read together through and preach from the Sunday lectionary found there. We invite you to pray through the readings before arriving on Sunday, to use them devotionally throughout the week, and to discuss them with your fellow Adventers and small group members. Reading the Bible together with the lectionary enhances our connection to one another and our congregation’s connection to the wider Church. Let us see how the Holy Spirit will lead us through the Scriptures in the lectionary!
Note: You will find lectionaries in the Book of Common Prayer 2019, starting on page 687. We are following the Sunday lectionary, with this season found at pages 727-29. September 8th is “Proper 18,” and so on. This is Year C, until December 1st, when Year A starts at the season of Advent.
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