Do you ever wonder what makes a church different from a club or a civic organization? I think what makes us different is our faith in God, our practice of spirituality, and our connection to our history. Part of understanding all of these things is our shared sacred text, the Bible.
We’ve been sharing the Narrative Lectionary for the last year, and we’ll begin again with on September 13. The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year-cycle of texts that begins in September and goes through May. From September until mid-Advent (mid-December), we study Hebrew Bible texts (Old Testament) and after Easter through Pentecost, we consider one Gospel text (this year is Mark), then we study Acts and the Epistles until May.
I found myself preparing for the suggested Narrative Lectionary series for late summer on Hebrews, and getting more and more un-excited about it. Instead I have decided to preach a series on the Bible—why we read it, the basic story of the Hebrew people, Old Testament theology, and a little on reading the Bible from other perspectives. I’m hoping that this will provide a good foundation for study this Fall.
I’m leaving some room on your bulletin this Sunday for you to take notes. Of course, that means that I’m trying to prepare something noteworthy! Please, if you have any questions about the Bible, feel free to ask…
I will see you this Sunday!
I love you, and I love being your pastor,