The Adventurous Lectionary – December 28, 2014 – the First Sunday of Christmas

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 28, 2014 – The First Sunday of Christmas Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40 In the midst of my Christmas shopping, I noticed an interesting coffee company ad announcing, “Revelation in a cup.” Today’s readings speak of our ability to notice God in our midst. God is abundant, [Read More...]

The Shark at the Manger

A Shark at the Manger You’ve heard of the shepherds and the magi, the angel chorus, the fourth wise man, and the little drummer boy; but have you heard of the shark at the manger? This year’s Christmas pageant at South Congregational Church on Cape Cod inspired a shark to give homage to the baby [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – December 21, 2014 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21, 2014 Luke 1:26-55 On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our eyes turn to the call of Mary of Nazareth and her calling to us. Her response to God and her hymn of praise ring out through the ages and serve as a model [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Advent 3 – December 14, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 14, 2014 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Good news is coming! The world is being transformed. God’s way is emerging in a troubled world. God’s Spirit is upon all people and the vulnerable, outcast, and lost will experience [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 7, 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 7, 2014 Psalm 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Make haste! A way is being made! The Holy One is coming! Perhaps God’s revealing one is already here. God comes to save and heal. Let us open our hearts to God’s [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 30, 2014 – The First Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 I Corinthians 1:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 Advent is a season of awe and wonder. It is a time of waiting, not just for Jesus’ birth, but for the transformation of our lives and the world. Advent reflects the [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – November 23, 2014 – The Reign of Christ Sunday

Adventurous Lectionary – November 23, 2014 – The Reign of Christ Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 The celebration of the Reign of Christ turns us toward justice and relationship. God experiences the world and responds to bring about structures of justice and reconciliation. Our worship of God is grounded in our [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 16, 2015 – Pentecost 23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – November 16, 2014 Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 Philippians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 Today’s passages are challenging to those preachers who wish to include all four readings in worship. If you read the Old Testament/Hebraic scriptures, you must preach about them. Otherwise, you may perpetuate unhealthy and problematic [Read More...]

This Holy Moment: A Response to Sybil MacBeth’s “The Season of the Nativity”

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This post is part of the blogger roundtable for the Patheos Book Club on The Season of the Nativity by Sybil MacBeth. The Hallmark Channel has just begun showing Christmas movies. Television and radio remind us that Christmas is coming, and entice our children and grandchildren with gifts whose cacophony, violence, and materialism drowns out the [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 9, 2014 -Pentecost 22

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 9, 2014 – Pentecost 22 Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Psalm 78:1-7 I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 Today’s readings focus on the practical implications of following the one true God. The objects of our faith shape our character and relationships with others. Believing in God isn’t enough; the type of God who [Read More...]


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