The Lectionary: Keeping Up With The Church Year

It’s a new year, according to the Church calendar. For those who are interested, the Lectionary (in this case, the Revised Common Lectionary) takes us through the whole of the scriptures over a 3 year period with the rest of the Church.

Advent is the beginning of the Church calendar year, and now would be a good time to connect with the readings if you or your community would like to engage with the wider streams connected with the historic Christian year.

The 3 years are noted as:

Year A (beginning 2007)
Year B (beginning 2008)
Year C (beginning 2009)

and you would traverse the whole of the scriptures if you read these daily.

Here is a great online resource:

Revised Common Lectionary (Vanderbilt Divinity School)


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.