The Lectionary is not part of my usual preaching tradition, but today I preached as part of the Liturgical service at Ft Jackson. It was the Third Sunday of Easter, in year B in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).
The readings were: Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4 (read responsively), 1 John 3:1-7, and the Gospel reading was Luke 24:36b-48. The service was great, full of reverence, readings, and prayers. Preaching the lectionary was more fun, yet more challenging than I thought it would be. I began looking for the theme that connected these passages. “Witness” seemed to be the theme that stood out. The Big Idea for my message was,
“Witnessing the Resurrected Lord must move us from talk to walk.”
While in Seminary working on my Th.M, I took a class at Harvard Divinity School, Preaching through the Liturgical Year. It was a good introduction to the idea. I discussed the difference between preaching sermon series and preaching the Revised Common Lectionary with preachers from each tradition.
Many of you who do this regularly might know about many resources, but I wanted to point out a few helps.
If you are preaching the lectionary as part of your tradition there are several resources to check out.
- Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary by O’Day and Hackett
- The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life by Joan Chittister
A couple sites that have been helpful are:
- workingpreacher.org is a great site with various helps and videos
- The Work of the People is a multimedia site that has resources for lectionary readings
- Do you used the RCL regularly?
- How has it been helpful?
- What has been difficult?
- What are the most helpful resources you have used?
As you preach, do it well, honor God and use the best resources as you teach His Word!