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The Worship Year

What is a Lectionary?

A lectionary is a collection of readings or selections from the Scriptures, arranged and intended for proclamation during the worship of the people of God.  The word is derived from the Latin lect, which means “chosen.”  Lectionaries (that is, tables of readings) were known and used as early as the fourth century, where major churches arranged the Scripture readings according to a schedule which follows the calendar of the church’s year. 

How does it work?

We design our worship schedule around the Revised Common Lectionary—developed by a committee of Protestant pastors and theologians in 1983.  It is divided into three year-long cycles:  Year A, B and C.  We are currently on Year B and next month’s Advent season will take us to Year C.

Each Sunday includes a reading from the Psalms, the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles. 

  • Year A focuses on the gospel of Matthew, with second readings from Romans, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians and 1 Peter. 
  • Year B focuses on the gospel of Mark, with second readings from 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, James, 1 John and Hebrews. 
  • Year C focuses on the gospel of Luke, with second readings from 1 Corinthians, Revelation, Galatians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy and 2 Thessalonians.

Why Use the Lectionary?

  • It provides a Christ-centered, comprehensive approach to using the Word of God as our primary resource for worship. 
  • It challenges the preacher and worship leaders to incorporate the full width and breadth of Scripture into all aspects of worship, from call to worship, hymn selections and the intentional reading of multiple Scripture readings in every worship service.
  • The lectionary also shows us the relationships of the readings of one Sunday with those that come before and after it.  Within each of the major seasons of Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas-Epiphany, the flow of the season is reflected in all the Scripture texts, taken together as a set for each Sunday.
  • Another benefit of the arrangement of readings is to provide those who plan for worship with a rich prospectus well in advance so that those biblical motifs can find their way into hymns, anthems, banners, paraments, as well as sermons.

Christ-centered Worship and Living.

Ultimately, when we come together to celebrate the seasons of the Church year, we are able to:

  • learn the words and acts of God that have changed history,
  • remember the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord which gives us a rebirth, new life and hope of the resurrection, and relive these saving events through which our Lord created his Church and transformed our lives.
Last Published: September 22, 2017 1:15 PM

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Athens, GA 30605

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