This Sunday begins the next season of the Narrative Lectionary.  We’ve been following this alternative lectionary for a couple of years now so I thought I would use this space to tell you a bit more about it and what we’re doing with it.

The Narrative Lectionary is a 4 year cycle that gives us time in the stories and teaching of the Old Testament as well as spending a fair amount of time in each of the gospel – that’s why it is a 4 year cycle.

As the word narrative suggests it allows for continuous chunks of the Biblical story to be read rather than just a few selected verses. It also gives us space to look at some of the Old Testament stories that we don’t usually spend time in.  This ‘year’ our focus gospel is Matthew.

These next few weeks leading up to Advent (the 40 days leading into Christmas) will continue to have the background theme of “The Kingdom of God”.  We’ve been touching on this a bit lately and we’ll be exploring that as we journey through the Old Testament.  I thought I would list the readings we will be using over the next few weeks so that you can keep up with us, maybe read some of the stories that we don’t look at between the readings and come to worship with some thoughts as to what we are exploring together.

9thSept – Genesis 6:5-22, 8:6-12, 9:8-17 – Flood and Promise

16thSept – Genesis 12:1-9 – Call of Abraham

23rdSept – Genesis 29:1-23 – Joseph in Prison

30thSept – Exodus 15:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 – Rescue at the Sea

7thOct – Exodus 19:3-7, 20:1-17 & Matthew 5:17 – Covenant

14thOct – Joshua 24:1-15 (16-26) – Joshua Renews the Covenant

21stOct – 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9; Ps 51:1-9 – David & Bathsheba

28thOct – 1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28 – Solomon’s Wisdom

4thNov – 2 Kings 5:1-15a – Elisha Heals Naaman, All Saints Day

11thNov – Micah (1:3-5); 5:2-5a; 6:6-8 – Micah

18thNov – Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; then 2:1-4 – Swords into Plowshares

25thNov – Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11 – Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon.

You may notice we’ve already spent some time on the readings for 7thOctober so we’ll spend time in Matthew.

Join us as we explore these readings, the teachings that they can give us and imagine what the coming of the Kingdom of God will be like.

Jay Robinson

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