This morning was the last Sunday in the season of Pentecost which means that next Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Over a year ago, I was convicted by God and challenged to preach and teach through the lectionary. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, the Revised Common Lectionary is a series of readings from the Bible for use in Christian worship, making provision for the liturgical year with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons. Each Sunday there are four readings – two from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament – and we have been using these readings to help shape our worship gatherings (musically, prayerfully and teaching-wise). We have tracked through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost and I have found this to be a deeply enriching experiment. As well, a number of people commented this morning how their own faith journey has been enriched by our participation in this liturgical practice.
I would love to get your input on the following questions:
- How familiar are you with the seasons of the Christian year?
- Has your church ever experimented with the lectionary?
- How might your people respond to a liturgical experiment?
- In what ways do you try to connect your worship with the worship practice of the historical and global church?
Musically, our worship set this morning included the following:
- Came to My Rescue (Hillsong)
- Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
- Scripture Reading from Psalm 98
- The Earth is Yours (Gungor)
- Forever Reign (Hillsong/One Sonic Society)
- Yahweh (Hillsong)
Learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.