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ART and PRAYER
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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Because of copyright issues paired with limited stafftime, we are unable to offer commentary at this time. We do offer commentary of a kind; the Lectionary artworks sometimes have a small reflection written about the art as it relates to a particular Lectionary scripture. For instance, see Year B Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54132


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Readings for the Coming Week
Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 22, 2022)
  • First reading
    • Acts 16:9-15
  • Psalm
    • Psalm 67
  • Second reading
    • Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
  • Gospel
    • John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9
Table of Readings for the Current Season
Easter (April 17, 2022 - June 5, 2022)

NEW FEATURE: Our Print PDFs now have an option called "Front and Back Format." If your printer allows front and back printing, this format will print two copies of the scripture texts on a single sheet of paper. We are beginning with Lent, Year C. The print PDFs are linked via the "PRINT PDF" link in the box on the right of the scripture text pages. Please offer feedback.

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.