Holding Butterflies

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How to Read My Lectionary Posts

Each week, I lead a Sunday School class for ages 14 and up. Our topic is that week’s lectionary reading as found in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We started our class back in August of 2017 with the goal of orienting ourselves to the readings in preparation for the worship service which follows. I began writing and circulating the notes from lessons when either some class members or I might miss class. The emails seemed to be well-received. I also found that there are very few resources available that present the information that I was gathering together each week, and I thought it would be useful to make the lessons more widely available. At any rate, they would be a good resource for me if I get to teach these lessons again! I am not a theologian or a pastor, and I’ve never been to seminary. I’m merely an interested layperson who loves the Bible and wants to help others understand it better, too. I pray what you find here.. Read More

First Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2017

This week’s lessons Welcome to Advent, and year B in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We have a lot of changes from Ordinary Time that we’ve been in since our class started in August. Before we dive into the readings for this week, let’s get oriented to where we are. Last week ended Year A in the RCL’s three-year cycle through the Bible. You’ll remember that we spent a lot of time with the Gospel of Matthew, and that our Old Testament readings were chiefly about the Patriarchs and Exodus. This Sunday we start Year B. Our Gospel readings will mostly come from Mark, although we will have other Gospel readings as well. We will talk about those as we get to them. Our Ordinary Time readings will be about the kings (especially King David), but we won’t be in Ordinary Time until Pentecost in May. Until then our first reading will correspond to the Gospel reading. (So will the Psalm and second reading.)  For the first few weeks of.. Read More