Thursday, September 25, 2014

More comprehensive than the Daily Lectionary

UPDATE: I see the prequel / sequel to The Spirit at Work is now available, appropriately entitled The Word at Work. It follows the same format: a one-year Bible reading plan with brief devotional commentary on selected texts. This one starts the second Sunday of Easter, but with a bit of subjective adjustment, can be taken up any time of year.


Students have often asked me if the Daily Lectionary is not sufficiently comprehensive, but in fact its two-year reading plan does not actually cover the entire canon. Here is a source, however, that does include the whole canon in a single year. It also approaches the reading of the Psalter (three per day) in the way I have done (and recommended others do) on numerous occasions. Interestingly enough, though it spans a calendar year, it starts on Pentecost Sunday, so perhaps this would be a good time to try it. [May 28, 2014]

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 21]


Haggai 1:1-14 (15)
Psalm 136
John 13:21-38
Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-9 (10-20) 21-24

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 19]


Deuteronomy 16:1-17
Psalm 92: (1-4) 5-11 (12-15)
Matthew 26:1-19 OR Mark 14:1-16 OR Luke 22:1-13
1Timothy 5

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 18]


Exodus 28:(1-29) 30-43 OR 2Samuel 15:30-37; 16:15-17:4 OR 2Chronicles 30:1-27
Psalm 141
John 11:45-57
1Corinthians 16:1-24

Father of lights, let your glory fill this place as it once filled the tabernacle of the covenant; let your cloud and fire guide us on every stage of our journey of faith, as you once guided Israel through the wilderness. Come and reign over us; oversee our renewal, reform, and restoration. Let there be great joy here as has not been for many generations. Bless your people gathered here and receive our praises as we bless your name. Let our voice be heard on high, O LORD; and let our prayer came to your holy dwelling in heaven. For the sacrifice of your Son Jesus Christ, which he has made for the sins of the world, has not been in vain, but bears the fruit of faith in every tribe and people and language and nation! Therefore, come, O God, and gather all your dispersed children into one, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

An extremely simple step—albeit a small one—for economic justice

Please excuse this off-topic post, but in these days of economic stress, I think there are enough folks within your sphere of influence who may appreciate this. In fact, you yourself may find a bit of hidden treasure with your name on it.

If you have never yet visited, you owe it to yourself to do so. There are several related portals, including this one. All the states, and several Canadian provinces, have treasurer sites that allow you to search their records for unclaimed property, which can take many forms: rebate checks, insurance payouts, refunded deposits, etc. Make sure to:
+ Check every state you have ever lived in.
+ Check the names (and maiden names) of living and deceased relatives in your nuclear and extended family (and maybe a generation or two back).
If you don't find anything for yourself, bear in mind you may know some folks in need: graduates with debt, members of your congregation, etc., who have left money on the table, and who would be delighted to discover they have something coming back to them.

Obviously, you don't want to misrepresent yourself, so don't claim anything that is not yours. But you can do research in order to help people get back what belongs to them. Don't seek payback or finder's fees. Just pay it forward. "Do unto others ..." and all that. It is in that spirit that I encourage you to share this post. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 17]


Numbers 11:1-30 OR Isaiah 45:20-25 OR Jeremiah 4:19-31 OR Zechariah 8:1-23
Psalm 68:11-31 (32-35) OR 120
John 10:19-21 (22-30) 31-42
1Corinthians 14:1-40