The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 22, 2017

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 22, 2017 This Sunday, we will gather for worship in the wake of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States and the Women’s Marches throughout the country. The nation remains divided and while politicians can cling to illusions regarding their election, no politician has [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 15, 2017

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 15, 2017 Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 41:1-11; I Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 Jesus’ question is a powerful entry point for today’s readings, “What are you looking for?” Jesus query is followed by an equally significant invitation, “come and see.” The spiritual journey involves an adventure of self and [Read More…]

The Baptism of Jesus – January 8, 2017

The Baptism of Jesus – January 8, 2107 Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 It’s all about water, flowing Jordan waters, waves on Cape Cod shores, the water of the womb, and the waters that nourish our crops and our bodies. Without water, our lives are in danger. We can do without food [Read More…]

The Epiphany of Christ – January 6, 2017

The Epiphany of Our Christ – January 6, 2017 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 For many people, Christmas is now a past memory. We are back in ordinary time and the quotidian we’ve returned to seems so ordinary, busy, and challenging. We are tempted to fall back into old ways, succumb [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – First Sunday after Christmas- January 1, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 1, 2017 – The First Sunday of Christmas Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Luke 2:13-23 A new year is upon us. After the revels of the holidays, with extra services and visits, and imaging for the year ahead, I’m taking this Sunday off, leaving it in the capable hands [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Christmas Eve and Day

The Adventurous Lectionary – Christmas Eve and Day , December 24/25, 2016 Isaiah 9:2-7 Luke 2:1-12 John 1:1-14 Christmas Eve is a challenge for preachers. And, this year, so is Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is perhaps the best-attended worship service in the Christian year. Family members and visitors who don’t normally attend church show up [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016 Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 This week I am focusing on Joseph’s Christ-saving dream. While we need not neglect Isaiah’s imaginative vision of a child whose birth will change everything, the Psalmist’s hymn to divine restoration, or Paul’s [Read More…]