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For each week, the RCL website has added scriptural reflections based on a featured art image, as well as RCL prayers for worship.
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What are the copyright restrictions for the art images?

What are the copyright restrictions for the art images?

We encourage churches and other educational communities to make use of the art images. The images (linked from the Vanderbilt Art in the Christian Tradition website -- http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-search.pl) have some limitations: the use of the art image must be non-commercial, attributed to the artist/photographer, and if shared, done so with these original limitations. The Vanderbilt ACT website itself should also be attributed.

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Readings for the Coming Week
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (February 12, 2023)
  • First reading
    • Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20
  • Psalm
    • Psalm 119:1-8
  • Second reading
    • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
  • Gospel
    • Matthew 5:21-37
Table of Readings for the Current Season
Epiphany (January 6, 2023 - February 19, 2023)
Daily Slideshows for the Advent Season

NEW! DAILY SLIDESHOWS FOR THE ADVENT SEASON: We are now offering slideshows that present a daily selection from the Revised Common Lectionary Prayers for the Advent Season, with accompanying artwork. Please see the downloads in the box above.

UPDATED IMAGES IN SLIDESHOW FORMATS: We continue to update and refresh the PowerPoint and PDF slideshow files. These contain selected texts from each of the Sunday Lectionary readings along with reflective images. Since the images have copyright release for non-commercial use, the slideshows may be freely used in worship and educational settings. The slideshows are also linked via the "SLIDES" links in the box on the right of the scripture text pages. We are interested in your feedback; please contact us with your questions or comments.

BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS: We are now offering black and white art images for each Sunday or Special Day that are specially modified for use in print materials, online worship, or church websites. They are designed for reflection upon the Gospel reading. The only restriction for using the images is that they are identified and used for non-commercial purposes. Please offer feedback, as we continue to develop this tool.

DAILY LECTIONARY READINGS: 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 Special Days scripture text pages. It is in the box on the right side of the screen.

PRINT PDF FORMATS: We offer a wide variety of printable formats that arrange the Lectionary readings for use as a handout, bulletin insert, or Bible study tool. The print PDFs are also linked via the "PRINT PDF" link in the box on the right of the scripture text pages. Please offer feedback, as we continue to develop these tools.

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.