Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Lectionary

Today's Link
More of Him-Less of Me

Saying for the Day
Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. ~Ramona C. Carroll

Picture of the Day

It is Sunday and I just finished reading the texts that will be read in Church this morning. I can do that because I’m Lutheran and we use what is called the Common Lectionary. All across America those texts will be read today in Lutheran Churches. They will also be read in Episcopal and other churches that use the Common Lectionary. In effect it puts us all on the same page of God’s book.
Over the year the Common Lectionary will take us from the birth of Jesus to his Death and Resurrection. It will in three years cover a huge amount of Scripture.
Last Monday I read the three texts for today. All week off and on I have thought about them. On Tuesday my wife went to Church for a Bible study on these three texts or at least one of them.
My fiends in the “free” church movement feel this restricts the movement of the Holy Spirit. Assigned texts are not spontaneous and hence the Spirit is curtailed. But I think Holy Spirit is powerful enough to work either way.
It certainly gives the Spirit a chance to work with me. All week long I read and see things on TV that the texts apply to, that’s the work of the Spirit.
Today the texts center in the final judgment of God and that we should be ready. They make it clear that the things we value are not what God values. God expects us to care for the poor not to get rich at their expense.
Thank God for the Common Lectionary.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Yesterday the Tommy Club met for most of the afternoon. The driblet 300 was read in every direction. Three brain storming sessions were held but no solutions emerged. Tommy UK felt they must be missing something but what?
Despite Nancy’s offer of free coffee to anybody who offered a reasonable explanation to the riddle nobody has. The poltergeist now has a second set of plastic riddle things mixed in with the cornucopias. But that isn’t helping either.
Pastor Joan is getting ready to tell the congregation to stop worrying about the driblet and trust God. Pastor’s always say things like that.
Despite all of this life goes on as usual in Pigeon Falls.

Wrap Up
Got to Church this morning. It was really cold outside. The sermon was great. The choir had a wonderful song. The fellowship after the service was special. It was as if God had been preparing me for that sermon because it fit so nicely with some of the blogs I read last week. In the afternoon I watched the Packer Game ( part of it) then I started scanning a new set of slides. I discovered that the software can restore color to slides that have begun to yellow. It isn't perfect but it helps. I am amazed at what this inexpensive scanner can do. I bought it because it was the lowest price scanner I could find with a built in slide function. I also visited some blogs. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Catch said...

Im quite sure God doesnt value a big expensive car and a lot of the toys we have today. Some people think they are only important if they have expensive things...instead of good values. I dont know how this world got so materialistic.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I have a tendency to agree with Pastor Joan on this ... but for ME it is FUN to try and figure out the clues. But then... I am not a resident of Pigeon Falls.

I get the readings for the month in a newsletter at the beginning of the month - so that I can be prepared to lector on the 2nd Sunday. Sometimes I read through and see what all of them will be for the month. Sometimes I look through at some point during the week. But I only faithfully look through when it's MY week to know what I'm going to be reading. I LIKE how you do that though... I'm going to start reading them several times during the week... I think that would help to open my heart and my mind to what Pastor will be preaching on Sunday. Yea... I really like that.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

The United Methodist Church also uses the Common Lectionary -- or at least puts forth a very strong recommendation for its use.

I did not go to church today. Instead I went to the airport and retrieved OC. HE has been in San Francisco and is home now. Yeah!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

I think that I will buy this Common Lectionary. Many years ago, I found a bible in my mothers home and tried to read it. I couldn't. I found it difficult to concentrate on it. And then, one day, I found a bible that was written in "normal", todays language. Just as if somebody would write a novel. And I found this very attractive.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I have never heard of the Common Lectionary, but I like the idea of it.

That photo of you with the choir is wonderful! I used to sing in the choir in the Anglican church when I was a little girl. I loved it. I think I loved choir practice the most.

9:29 PM  
Blogger MedStudentWife said...

What is the software you are using ? Dad has all the family negatives and I'd like to see them scanned somehow & saved.

You don't need to answer me here.. please if you could, e-mail me at

And this "Common Lectionary" has got mea wondering.... any good links I can look too ?

Also... going to be in Illinois & Michigan, maybe Wisconsin.. depending on whatever.. free flow for a couple of days mid-December.. driving around & killing time. Any thing to visit in the areas ? I have no ideas of what to see & take in.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Jeannelle said...

I grew up Baptist, thus without the lectionary readings on Sundays. After many years as a Lutheran, I have grown to appreciate them. They keep the time of the church year, in a a clock.

3:50 PM  

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