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Who compiled the Revised Common Lectionary?
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Who compiled the Revised Common Lectionary?

The Revised Common Lectionary was produced by The Consultation on Common Texts (CCT). At the time the RCL was compiled, the CCT was composed of representatives from the following denominations (taken from Consultation on Common Texts. The Revised Common Lectionary. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992):

  • The Anglican Church of Canada
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • The Episcopal Church
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  • Free Methodist Church in Canada
  • International Commission on English in the Liturgy (an Agency of 26 Roman Catholic National or International Conferences of Bishops)
  • The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
  • Polish National Catholic Church
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • The Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • Reformed Church in America
  • Roman Catholic Church in the United States
  • Roman Catholic Church in Canada
  • Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship
  • The United Church of Canada
  • United Church of Christ
  • The United Methodist Church


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Readings for the Coming Week
Proper 20 (25) (September 24, 2017)
  • First reading and Psalm
    • Exodus 16:2-15
    • Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
  • Alternate First reading and Psalm
    • Jonah 3:10-4:11
    • Psalm 145:1-8
  • Second reading
    • Philippians 1:21-30
  • Gospel
    • Matthew 20:1-16
Table of Readings for the Current Season
Season after Pentecost (June 11, 2017 - November 26, 2017)

NEW SLIDESHOW FORMATS: Beginning with Advent, we are offering new slideshow files containing selected texts from each of the Sunday Lectionary readings along with reflective images. Each is available in PowerPoint and PDF format. Since the images have copyright release for non-commercial use, the slideshows may be freely used in worship and educational settings. We are interested in your feedback; please contact us with your questions or comments.

NEW PDF HALF-PAGE FORMAT: We have added a new format that arranges the biblical texts as a half-page bulletin insert/handout. Please offer feedback, as we continue to develop these tools.

DAILY LECTIONARY READINGS NOW AVAILABLE VIA LINK-OUT: Daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship. You can also find the readings by looking for the “DAILY” link on the Sunday and festival scripture text pages; it is in the box on the right hand side of the screen.

CALENDARS: We offer a calendar feature for Google Calendar, iCal, and Outlook. Just click on the "calendar" icon in the top right corner of any page.

During the Season after Pentecost, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two sets of parallel readings. The first set of "semicontinuous" OT readings follows major stories/themes, beginning in Year A with Genesis and ending in Year C with the later prophets. "Complementary" OT readings follow the historical tradition of thematically pairing the OT reading with the Gospel reading. Whichever approach is chosen at the beginning of Pentecost, the intent is for the remaining Season after Pentecost readings to follow the same approach. In addition, both sets of readings sometimes offer alternate options (indicated by italics): readings that may be used with, or in place of, the standard reading. Finally, note that the psalms for each Sunday after Pentecost are intended to be paired with a particular OT reading (either semicontinuous or complementary).

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