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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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Are you considering changing the scripture layout to a "prose" form, as in newer Bible versions?

We do now offer specially formatted PDFs that are structured in the "prose" form. This feature is available whenever launching the "printer" icon and is also available at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/pdfs.php. The current verse-by-verse layout on the website of the scripture text could be changed to the prose form, but it would take significant programming and "elbow-grease" to provide this option. We have it in our list of future enhancements, so we will regularly review making this change in our planning. We hope to develop both the line-by-line and the prose format in a future website update.


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Readings for the Coming Week
Proper 11 (16) (July 22, 2018)
  • First reading and Psalm
    • 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
    • Psalm 89:20-37
  • Alternate First reading and Psalm
    • Jeremiah 23:1-6
    • Psalm 23
  • Second reading
    • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Gospel
    • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Table of Readings for the Current Season
Season after Pentecost (May 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018)

NEW SLIDESHOW FORMATS: We now offer 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.

PDF HALF-PAGE FORMAT: We now offer a 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 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 Special Days 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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