My hope is to provide a resource for preaching the Gospel organized around appointed scriptures for Sundays and Holy Days contained in the Revised Common Lectionary.
If you are new to using this lectionary or are just considering its use, I have tailored this blog for you. If you are an old hand at using it, I believe that you may still find the blog interesting and helpful. You may not agree with everything that is said here. That is OK. Please feel free to comment on anything that I have written. Hopefully this blog will stimulate your thought.
My goal has always been to integrate the liturgical, evangelical, and pentecostal branches of the faith. I believe they compliment each other and should not be viewed as separate belief systems which oppose one another. Neither one of these expressions of faith should be worshipped. Rather, they should all help facilitate worship.
Perhaps we could benefit from from all three branches of the Faith, providing an enriched experience of worship. Every church follows some type a liturgy, whether recognized or not. I believe that the Holy Spirit can help us organize that liturgy to provide order in our worship services, while at the same time allowing for spontaneity and free expression of the Spirit. Speaking to the Samaritan at the well:
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. (John 4:21-23)
The woman wanted to discuss religion, but Jesus was talking about the freedom to worship God.
We are all on a journey in the Christian faith. None of us have arrived. Let us stimulate and encourage one another. Please share your thoughts, suggestions, and concerns. May our Lord richly bless you and your ministry.