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Preaching Schedule for 2017

For a few years now, I have been planning my sermon schedules about a year in advance. I take a few days of retreat in October, and read a lot of Scripture to see what patterns might emerge, which I then hammer out into a schedule that takes me through the liturgical year.

This year, using the Revised Common Lectionary, we’re in “Year A”. The Lectionary texts are used all over the world on a three year cycle (A, B, C), and every other year, I use the RCL to select the texts I’ll be working with.

If you’re really interested, you can go to The Revised Common Lectionary at Vanderbilt to see what texts we’ll be using for the particular day.

Here are the themes and texts we’ll be using in 2017:

2016-2017 Lectionary Year A OT Reading NT Reading
11/27/16 Advent: Preparing for the Last Day Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14
12/04/16 Advent: Preparing for the Promise Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-13
12/11/16 Advent: Preparing for the Presence Isaiah 35:1-10 James 5:7-10
12/18/16 Advent: Preparing for the Child Isaiah 7:10-16 Romans 1:1-7
12/24/16 Christmas Eve: Who Showed Up? Isaiah 52:7-10 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)
01/01/17 Christmas: What Did You Get? Isaiah 63:7-9 Hebrews 2:10-18
01/08/17 Epiphany: Understanding the Directions Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12
01/15/17 Epiphany: Unpacking the Equipment Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
01/22/17 Epiphany: Uniting In Leadership Isaiah 9:1-4 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
01/29/17 Epiphany: Upside-down Power Micah 6:1-8 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
02/05/17 Epiphany: Unction and Exercise Isaiah 58:1-9a 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
02/12/17 Epiphany: Unraveling the Riddle of Readiness Deut. 30:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
02/19/17 PULPIT SUPPLY
02/26/17 Transfiguration: Seeing and Receiving Exodus 24:12-18 2 Peter 1:16-21
03/05/17 Lent: Our Need Genesis 2:15-1 Romans 5:12-19
03/12/17 Lent: Our Credit Genesis 12:1-4a Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
03/19/17 Lent: Our Peace Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11
03/26/17 Lent: Our Light 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Ephesians 5:8-14
04/02/17 Lent: Our Struggle Ezekiel 37:1-14 Romans 8:6-11
04/09/17 Lent: Our Reception Isaiah 50:4-9a Matthew 21:1-11
04/16/17 Raised With Christ! Jeremiah 31:1-6 Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43
04/23/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Hope is Alive Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9
04/30/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Faith is Precious Psalm 116:1-4 1 Peter 1:17-23
05/07/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Endurance is Trust Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25
05/14/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Placed for Praise Psalm 31:1-5 1 Peter 2:2-10
05/21/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Reasons for Hope Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22
05/28/17 Posts from 1 Peter: Resisting and Restoration Psalm 16 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
06/04/17 Pentecost: The Breath of God Numbers 11:24-30 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21
06/11/17 Trinity Sunday: An Ocean of Mystery Genesis 1:1-2:4a Matthew 28:16-20
06/18/17 Gems from Genesis: God Hears Our Laughter Genesis 18:1-15 Romans 5:1-8
06/25/17 PULPIT SUPPLY (Annual Meeting)
07/02/17 Gems from Genesis: God Sees Our Sacrifice Genesis 22:1-14 Romans 6:12-23
07/09/17 Gems from Genesis: God Knows Our Need Genesis 24:42-49 Romans 7:15-25a
07/16/17 Gems from Genesis: God Knows Our Attitudes Genesis 25:19-34 Romans 8:1-11
07/23/17 Gems from Genesis: God Speaks to Our Hearts Genesis 28:10-19a Romans 8:12-25
07/30/17 Gems from Genesis: God Watches Our Choices Genesis 29:15-28 Romans 8:26-39
08/06/17 Gems from Genesis: God Is Willing To Wrestle Genesis 32:22-31 Romans 9:1-5
08/13/17 Gems from Genesis: God Is Aware of Our Situation Genesis 37:12-28 Romans 10:5-15
08/20/17 Gems from Genesis: God Reveals His Purpose Genesis 45:1-15 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
08/27/17 Roaming Through Romans: Humility Transformed Exodus 1:8-2:10 Romans 12:1-8
09/03/17 Roaming Through Romans: Love Enacted Exodus 3:1-15 Romans 12:9-21
09/10/17 Roaming Through Romans: Holiness Awakened Exodus 12:1-14 Romans 13:8-14
09/17/17 Roaming Through Romans: Faith Accounted Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12
09/24/17 Pearls from Philippians: Continuing Conduct Exodus 16:2-15 Philippians 1:21-30
10/01/17 Pearls from Philippians: Conforming Comfort Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13
10/08/17 Pearls from Philippians: Considering Commitment Exodus 20:1-4 Philippians 3:4b-14
10/15/17 Pearls from Philippians: Contending Companionship Exodus 32:1-14 Philippians 4:1-9
10/22/17 Thankfulness For Thessalonica Exodus 33:12-23 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
10/29/17 Thinking About Thessalonica Deut. 34:1-12 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
11/05/17 Thriving In Thessalonica Joshua 3:7-17 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
11/12/17 Theory of Thanatos in Thessalonica Joshua 24:1-3a 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
11/19/17 A Thief in Thessalonica? Judges 4:1-7 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
11/26/17 Confidence in the Incomparable Ezekiel 34:11-16 Ephesians 1:15-23

I hope that’s helpful to you as you prepare to study God’s word!
KFJ – Ed

Prayer: Psalm 118, sung and spoken

Psalm 66 prayer; an inclusive attempt

bridge path I was writing a prayer for this Sunday, and I thought it might be interesting to work around the pronouns to craft a prayer that was a bit more inclusive. However, there is a reference to American Football in there, so I don’t know *how* inclusive it truly is…

Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of Deity’s praise be heard;
Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing the praises of the Lord.
Our lives are in the hands of God, and the Lord keeps our feet from stumbling.
Providence has preserved us and kept us from falling.

You have tested us, O God; You have purified us like silver;
training us and passing us like precious metal through fire and water;
You brought us to a place of abundance.

Now we come together in this place to fulfill the promises we have made to You–
When we are in deep trouble, we make sacred bargains with You that we hope You’ll keep.
But we know that You are the Lord of Everything, and You certainly don’t need our help to run the show.
Nevertheless, as armchair quarterbacks, we call out the way we think the Universe ought to be run.
Please forgive us for our presumption and our attempts to get You to do things our way exclusively.

If we do not confess the sins we hide in our hearts, Lord, You don’t hear us —
But God DOES listen!
The Lord pays attention to our prayers, when we agree that God is God and we are not.
Praise Yahweh, who does not ignore our prayers or withdraw the Lord’s unfailing love from us.

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what Deity did for us all:
We cry out to the Lord for help, praising God as we speak.
Praise be to God, who has not rejected our prayer or withheld the Lord’s love from us!
God hears us as we pray together, saying: OUR FATHER…

Psalm 116 Prayer

Abstract of Psalm 116 As I was writing this prayer, I thought it might be helpful for other pastors, congregations, or students of prayer. It is one of my ongoing attempts to pray the Psalms back to God, to reclaim them as a prayerbook. I found this images from the website of Verna Brady, a gifted abstract artist. I’d recommend going to her site and reading through her notes on art theory. For use in congregational worship:

How can we repay the LORD for all his goodness to us? As we gather together this morning, we will lift up and call on the name of the LORD. LORD, we thank You for the privilege of coming into Your presence, of recognizing that You are here with us now. Right now, in this moment, we want to see You with our hearts, and hear You speak to us this day.

We love the LORD, because he has heard our voice and our pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to us, therefore we will call on him as long as we live.

WOMEN: Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

We all have made choices that have taken us away from Your ideal for us, Lord. We’ve decided to call our own shots, to be self-reliant to the extent that we ignore Your call to us to be like Christ. Our sin, all sin, results in death; we die a little inside every time we ignore the voice of the Spirit.

The snares of death encompassed us; the pangs of mourning laid hold on us; we suffered distress and anguish. Then we called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, we pray, deliver our souls!”

MEN: Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

We thank you, God, that Your lovingkindess towards us has no end; there is no bottom to the ocean of grace You have for us. We thank You for reminding us that we cannot wander too far away from You; Your mercy draws us back and restores us.

The LORD preserves the simple; when we were brought low, he saved us. We can let go of our distress; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with us.

CHILDREN: Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

We lift up the faces and names and situations that You know concern us, Lord. We bring these people who are hurting, sick, desperate, lonely, or in need of Your special touch to the foot of Your Throne. You are King; move in Your sovereign will to work in their lives, so that Your name is lifted and glorified.

For you, God, have delivered our souls from death, our eyes from tears, our feet from stumbling; We will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

ALL: Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.


Pastor Ed Backell

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