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Preaching Schedule for 2020

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.

Every OTHER year, I cycle through the Revised Common Lectionary, a three year selection of texts. This last year of 2019, I used Year D (, a collection of texts that are not used in years A, B, or C.

During the years I don’t use the Lectionary, I’m a bit more freeform. I end up asking my congregation for themes, ideas, and topics they’d like to see covered from the pulpit. 2020 is a non-Lectionary year, and so I’m completely on my own for developing what I plan to preach.

I’m glad to say I’ve completed those broad strokes, so I have a good idea of the direction we’ll be taking for 2020. Here’s the upcoming schedule for preaching at Warden Community Church:

2019-2020 Topical Studies OT READINGS NT READINGS
12/01/19 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Admit Your Need Deuteronomy 8:11-18 John 15:1-9
12/08/19 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Profess God’s Power II Chronicles 20:5-9 Philippians 4:10-13
12/15/19 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Seek The Spirit Isaiah 26:1-9 Ephesians 5:15-21
12/22/19 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Get Off The Throne Joshua 24:14-18 I Peter 3:13-17
12/29/19 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Admit You Trip Psalms 32:1-5 I John 1:5-10
01/05/20 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Refill Your Spiritual Supply Psalms 143:7-12 I Peter 2:1-5
01/12/20 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Get Your Mission Exodus 19:1-6 Acts 1:4-8
01/19/20 Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Putting It Together Habakkuk 3:8-13 Philippians 2:12-13
01/26/20 Joel’s Hope: A Call To Cry Joel 1:13-20 II Peter 3:8-13
02/02/20 Joel’s Hope: Rend and Repent Joel 2:12-17 Matthew 6:16-21
02/09/20 Joel’s Hope: A Word of War Joel 3:9-16 Ephesians 6:11-17
02/16/20 PULPIT SUPPLY (RadCon)
02/23/20 The Living Word: To Bear Witness Jeremiah 31:7-14 John 1:6-8; 15-18
02/26/20 Ash Wednesday
03/01/20 PULPIT SUPPLY (Cruise)
03/08/20 PULPIT SUPPLY (Cruise)
03/15/20 The Living Word: Being Born Again Genesis 12:1-4a John 3:1-13
03/22/20 The Living Word: Samaritan Setup Exodus 17:1-7 John 4:1-15
03/29/20 The Living Word: Going Past The Mountain Deuteronomy 12:5-8 John 4:16-30
04/05/20 The Living Word: More Than Hosannas I Kings 17:8-16 John 4:39-45
04/12/20 The Living Word: Walking And Working Exodus 12:3; 7-14 John 5:1-18
04/19/20 The Living Word: Hearing Voices Isaiah 25:6-9 John 5:25-36
04/26/20 The Living Word: Missing the Message Deuteronomy 18:15-18 John 5:37-47
05/03/20 The Living Word: Words in the Dust Isaiah 43:16-21 John 8:1-11
05/10/20 The Living Word: What Can’t You See 1 Samuel 16:1-13 John 9:12-41
05/17/20 The Living Word: The Gate of Grace Ezekiel 34:11-16 John 10:1-6; 19-21
05/24/20 The Living Word: Walking In The Light Ezekiel 37:1-14 John 11:3-16
05/31/20 The Living Word: The Voice of Thunder Jeremiah 31:31-34 John 12:16-36
06/07/20 The Living Word: Hate Vs. Love Proverbs 8:22-31 John 15:18-27
06/14/20 The Living Word: Sorrow’s Change Psalm 104:26-35 John 16:1-3; 12-24
06/21/20 The Living Word: The Loss of the World Isaiah 63:7-14 John 16:25-33
06/28/20 PULPIT SUPPLY (Annual Meeting)
07/05/20 The Living Word: A Kept People Psalm 1:1-6 John 17:10-19
07/12/20 The Living Word: One Rough Night 2 Samuel 23:1-7 John 18:9-32
07/19/20 The Living Word: Swayed by the Crowd Lamentations 3:1-9 John 19:1-16
07/26/20 The Living Word: The Best Morning EVER Jeremiah 31:1-6 John 20:1-18
08/02/20 The Living Word: Love, Love, Like Psalms 30:7-11 John 21:1-19
08/09/20 Who I Am In Christ: Accepted Isaiah 56:1-8 John 15:12-17
08/16/20 Who I Am In Christ: Adopted Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Ephesians 1:3-10
08/23/20 Who I Am In Christ: Assured Jeremiah 30:18-22 Philippians 1:3-11
08/30/20 Who I Am In Christ: Secured Psalms 34:15-22 Romans 8:1-8
09/06/20 Who I Am In Christ: Significant Isaiah 65:19-23 I Corinthians 3:10-17
09/13/20 Who I Am In Christ: Seated Isaiah 6:1-4 Ephesians 2:1-7
09/20/20 Amos: A Migrant Worker’s Word Amos 1:1-5 I Corinthians 3:7-15
09/27/20 Amos: A National Judgment Amos 2:6-16 Ephesians 3:14-19
10/04/20 Amos: A Reason for Rebuke Amos 3:1-8 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
10/11/20 Amos: A Cattle Call Amos 4:1-5 Philippians 2:14-18
10/18/20 Amos: Seek The Right Amos 5:4-14 Hebrews 4:12-16
10/25/20 Amos: Sing The Blues Amos 6:1-7 1 Timothy 6:6-19
11/01/20 Amos: Accused and Ejected Amos 7:10-15 Matthew 20:8-16
11/08/20 Amos: A Dark Day on the Way Amos 8:1-12 Colossians 1:15-28
11/15/20 Amos: A Nation Restoration Amos 9:8-14 I Peter 5:6-10
11/22/20 TripAdvisor: Heaven Isaiah 25:8-12 John 3:31-36
11/29/20 TripAdvisor: Hell Daniel 12:2-3 Matthew 25:41-46

Preaching Schedule for 2015

Every year in the fall, I try to get away and prepare for the upcoming material that we, as a church congregation, will be learning. I try to select the texts from which I’ll preach, read through them, and come up with basic themes which will guide my preparation time in the coming year.

Every other year, the idea was to submit to the discipline of using the Revised Common Lectionary, as a way to ensure that our congregation isn’t just studying texts that are *my* personal favorites. The Lectionary texts are used all over the world, and it’s always a bit of a challenge to read through them all, and seek guidance on what we’ll study together as a church body.

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 2015:

11/30/14   Shaped By A Savior: Gifted with Grace   Isa. 64:1-9   1 Cor. 1:3-9
12/07/14   Shaped By A Savior: Holy in the Meantime   Isa. 40:1-11   2 Pet. 3:8-15a
12/14/14   Shaped By A Savior: Practical Sanctification   Isa. 61:1-4, 8-11   1 Th. 5:16-24
12/21/14   Shaped By A Savior: Conduits of Glory   2Sam. 7:1-11, 16   Rom. 16:25-27
12/28/14   Shaped By A Savior: Adopted Royalty   Isa. 61:10-62:3   Gal. 4:4-7
01/04/15   Shaped By A Savior: Toolkit of Grace   Jer. 31:7-14/Sirach 24:1-12   Eph. 1:3-14
01/11/15   Shaped By A Savior: Hovering of the Holy Spirit   Gen. 1:1-5   Acts 19:1-7
01/18/15   Shaped By A Savior: Body Honor   1Sam. 3:1-10, (11-20)   1 Cor. 6:12-20
01/25/15   Shaped By A Savior: Making Hay While The Sun Shines   Jonah 3:1-5, 10   1 Cor. 7:29-31
02/01/15   Shaped By A Savior: Navigating Your Freedom   Deut. 18:15-20   1 Cor. 8:1-13
02/08/15   Shaped By A Savior: Winning Others In Context   Isa. 40:21-31   1 Cor. 9:16-23
02/15/15   PULPIT SUPPLY   2Ki. 5:1-14   1 Cor. 9:24-27
02/22/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Noah: God Will Remember   Gen. 9:8-17   1 Pet. 3:18-22
03/01/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Abraham: God Will Rename   Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16   Rom. 4:13-25
03/08/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Moses: God Expects Righteousness   Ex. 20:1-17   1 Cor. 1:18-25
03/15/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Israel: God Rescues from Rebellion   Num. 21:4-9   Eph. 2:1-10
03/22/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Jer.: God Emphasizes Relationship   Jer. 31:31-34   Heb. 5:5-10
03/29/15   Covenant Concepts ~ Congregation: Responds in Rejoicing   Isa. 50:4-9a   John 12:12-16
04/05/15   Up From The Grave He Arose!   Isa. 25:6-9   John 20:19-31
04/12/15   Walking in Two Worlds: Where Do You Walk   Psa. 133   1Jn. 1:1-2:2
04/19/15   Walking in Two Worlds: Chipping Away   Psa. 4   1Jn. 3:1-7
04/26/15   Walking in Two Worlds: Love in Action   Psa. 23   1Jn. 3:16-24
05/03/15   PULPIT SUPPLY   PNWNACCC meeting in Anchorage, AK   1Jn. 4:7-21
05/10/15   Walking in Two Worlds: Kingdom or Republic?   Psa. 98   1Jn. 5:1-6
05/17/15   Walking in Two Worlds: Assurance Policy   Psa. 1   1Jn. 5:9-13
05/24/15   Birthday Presence   Ez. 37:24-28   Rom. 8:22-27
05/31/15   God in Three Persons: A service for Trinity Sunday   Job 38:1-7   Luke 9:18-26
06/07/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ Get Your House In Order   Gen. 3:8-15 Psa. 130   Mark 3:20-35
06/14/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ Use GMO Seed   Ez. 17:22-24   Mark 4:26-34
06/21/15   PULPIT SUPPLY   1Sam. 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16   Mark 4:35-41
06/28/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ Have Faith in the Crowd   Lam. 3:22-33   Mark 5:21-43
07/05/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ Live the Verb, Not the Title   Ez. 2:1-5   Mark 6:1-13
07/12/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ The Price of Mistaken Identity   Amos 7:7-15   Mark 6:14-29
07/19/15   The Gospel Challenge ~ Feed The Crowd   Jer. 23:1-6   Mark 6:30-34
07/26/15   Bread From Heaven: Pointing to the Prophet   2Ki. 4:42-44   John 6:1-21
08/02/15   Bread From Heaven: Feeding on the Food from God   Ex. 16:2-4, 9-15   John 6:24-35
08/09/15   Bread From Heaven: Breaking Down the Bread of Life   1Ki. 19:4-8   John 6:41-51
08/16/15   Bread From Heaven: Sustenance of the Savior   Prov. 9:1-6   John 6:51-58
08/23/15   PULPIT SUPPLY   Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18   John 6:56-69
08/30/15   Practical Christianity: From the Ear to the Hand   Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9   James 1:17-27
09/06/15   Practical Christianity: Who Chooses The Poor   Isa. 35:4-7a   James 2:1-10
09/13/15   Practical Christianity: The Most Dangerous Church Member   Isa. 50:4-9a   James 3:1-12
09/20/15   Practical Christianity: Top Shelf, Good Stuff   Jer. 11:18-20   James 3:13-4:3
09/27/15   Practical Christianity: Prescription: Prayer!   Num. 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29   James 5:13-20
10/04/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Founder of Salvation   Gen. 2:18-24   Heb. 2:5-12
10/11/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Approachable Throne   Amos 5:6-7, 10-15   Heb. 4:12-16
10/18/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Great High Priest   Isa. 53:4-12   Heb. 5:1-10
10/25/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Perfect Go-Between   Jer. 31:7-9   Heb. 7:23-28
11/01/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Power of the Blood   Deut. 6:1-9   Heb. 9:11-14
11/08/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Real Mercy Seat   1Ki. 17:8-16   Heb. 9:24-28
11/15/15   Highlights from Heb. : The Full Assurance of Faith   Dan. 12:1-3   Heb. 10:11-14
11/22/15   The Ancient of Days Today   Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14   John 18:33-37

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

Preaching Schedule for 2013

One of the things I’ve learned as a solo pastor is the need to plan ahead when it’s possible. For those of you who have known me for years, you’re probably laughing out loud right now, or you’re trying to recover from shock. Nevertheless, I’ve discovered that if I plan out my preaching schedule in advance, I’m better equipped to deal with any pastoral emergencies that might arise.

Wonder of wonder; miracle of miracles! The administration of ministry frees me to do the interaction of ministry!

For the past two years, I’ve plotted out the preaching schedule based on book studies, with the very occasional topical study thrown in. This year, I thought I’d push myself a bit, and submit to the discipline of preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. The Lectionary is simply a collection of Scriptures that, over a three-year course, cover the Bible. Our church already uses some of its forms – we have an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, and our call to worship is based in the Psalms, so we have quite a lot of Scripture even before we get to the sermon!

This coming year (Year A, in the RCL), I thought I’d use the Lectionary to select the texts themselves. I went away for a couple of days on a study retreat, and read through the year’s worth of texts, and looked for patterns and themes. I then took the ideas that I’d found, and put them into a schedule.

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.

12/02/12   Let Your Love Grow
12/09/12   Let Your Love Know
12/16/12   Let Your Love Flow
12/23/12   Let His Love Bestow
12/24/12   Christmas Eve Service
12/30/12   Our Swaddling Clothes
01/06/13   The Mystery of Epiphany
01/13/13   The Indwelling Epiphany
01/20/13   The Equipping Epiphany
01/27/13   The Efficiency of Epiphany
02/03/13   Maturity in Epiphany
02/10/13   The Glory of Epiphany
02/13/13   Tenebrae – Service of Shadows
02/17/13   Preparing Our Hearts with the Word
02/24/13   Preparing Our Lives with the Pattern
03/03/13   Preparing Our Minds For Battle
03/10/13   Preparing Our Relationships for Reconciliation
03/17/13   Preparing Our Lives For the Finish Line
03/24/13   Preparing Our Attitudes For Surrender
03/28/13   Tenebrae – Service of Shadows
03/31/13   Fully Alive!
04/07/13   Easter People: Tell The Truth!
04/14/13   Easter People: Deliver The Decree
04/21/13   Easter People: Deal with the Dead
04/28/13   Easter People: Watch for the Work
05/05/13   Easter People: Hear the Macedonian Call
05/12/13   Easter People: Invite Others to the Party
05/19/13   PULPIT SUPPLY
05/26/13   The Cost of Pentecost: Glory & Agony
06/2/13   The Cost of Pentecost: Living With Confusion
06/9/13   The Cost of Pentecost: Carrying Christ
06/16/13   The Cost of Pentecost: Life On Our Own Terms
06/23/13   PULPIT SUPPLY
06/30/13   PULPIT SUPPLY
07/7/13   The Cost of Pentecost: Empty Arms
07/14/13   Concepts from Colossians: Knowing God’s Will
07/21/13   PULPIT SUPPLY
07/28/13   Concepts from Colossians: Building In Two Directions
08/4/13   Concepts from Colossians: Killing the Old Man
08/11/13   The Substance of Faith
08/18/13   The Actions of Faith
08/25/13   The Presence of Faith
09/8/13   Personal Mail For Philemon
09/14/13   Powerful Meaning For Philosophers
09/15/13   Our Lord Relents
09/22/13   Our Lord Listens
09/29/13   Our Lord Saves
10/6/13   Our Lord Cares
10/13/13   Our Lord Responds
10/20/13   Our Lord Watches
10/27/13   Reformation Sunday
11/3/13   Giver Of Understanding
11/10/13   Giver Of Glory
11/17/13   Giver Of Wisdom
11/24/13   Giver of Rescue

Preaching Schedule 2012

Hello, everyone. It’s just about the beginning of a new year, and one of the things I try to do is to plan out a year’s worth of sermons in advance. That way, I know generally what Scriptures I’ll be reading and what topics I’ll be preaching about…

With that in mind, here’s the schedule for 2012. It’s not set in stone, of course: as life happens, various changes might need to be made. However, it should be, for the most part, helpful if you’d like to read ahead and prepare along with me. We’re going to take our first month of January, and look at our Church Covenant. Next, we’ll work through the book of John; and finally, we’ll look at the book of Daniel.

2012 Preaching Schedule:

01/01/12 Galatians 4:4-7 Christmas: Your Response To Your Gifts
01/08/12 Romans 10:9-13 Church Covenant – WHO we are in Christ
01/15/12 Hebrews 10:24-25 Church Covenant – HOW we live in Christ
01/22/12 Ephesians 4:7-13 Church Covenant – WHAT we do in Christ
01/29/12 Romans 8:5-9 Church Covenant – WHY we are in Christ
02/05/12 John 1:1-18 The Living Word: Became Flesh (1:1-18)
02/12/12 John 1:19-34 The Living Word: John the Baptist’s Testimony (1:19-34)
02/19/12 John 1:35-42 The Living Word: Following the Master (1:35-42)
02/26/12 John 1:43-51 The Living Word: Hearing and Responding
03/04/12 John 2:1-11 The Living Word: A Change of Nature
03/11/12 John 2:13-22 The Living Word: Cleansing the Temple
03/18/12 John 3:14-21 The Living Word: Teaching the Teacher
03/25/12 John 3:22-36 The Living Word: The Incredible Shrinking Man
04/01/12 John 4:1-42, 12:12-16 The Living Word: Different Understandings, Different Responses
04/08/12 John 20:1-18 The Living Word: Alive Forevermore!
04/15/12 John 5:1-47 The Living Word: Revealing the Mission
04/22/12 John 6:1-71 The Living Word: The Bread of Life
04/29/12 John 7:1-53 The Living Word: Festival Questions
05/13/12 John 8:1-59 The Living Word: Children of Abraham
05/20/12 John 9:1-41 The Living Word: Did You See That?
05/27/12 John 10:1-21 The Living Word: The Good Shepherd
06/03/12 John 10:22-42 The Living Word: The Unpopular Answer
06/10/12 John 11:1-57 The Living Word: Lazarus, Come Forth!
06/17/12 John 12:1-36 The Living Word: Blinding Extravagance
07/01/12 John 13:1-17 The Living Word: The Third Sacrament?
07/08/12 John 13:18-38 The Living Word: Preparing for the Worst
07/15/12 John 14:1-14 The Living Word: Comfort in the Midst of Sorrow
07/29/12 John 14:15-30 The Living Word: The Only Way
08/12/12 John 15:1-27 The Living Word: Abiding = Thriving
08/19/12 John 16:1-33 The Living Word: GPS – God’s Positioning Spirit
08/26/12 John 17:1-26 The Living Word: He Prays For Us
09/02/12 John 18:1-40 The Living Word: Betrayal and Arrest
09/09/12 John 19:1-27 The Living Word: Turning Shame to Sign
09/16/12 John 19:28-42 The Living Word: The Darkest Day
09/23/12 John 20:19-31 The Living Word: The Best News Ever
09/30/12 John 21:1-25 The Living Word: Our Turn
10/07/12 Daniel 1:1-21 Daniel: Friends in High Places
10/14/12 Daniel 2:1-3:30 Daniel: Kings, Dreams, and Decrees
10/21/12 Daniel 4:1-5:31 Daniel: Downfall Foretold
10/28/12 Daniel 6:1-7:28 Daniel: Deliverance and the Four Beasts
11/04/12 Daniel 8:1-9:27 Daniel: Do You See What I See?
11/11/12 Daniel 10:1-21 Daniel: Things To Come
11/18/12 Daniel 11:1-45 Daniel: Neighbors and the AntiChrist
11/25/12 Daniel 12:1-13 Daniel: When All Is Said And Done
12/02/12 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Advent 1C
12/09/12 Philippians 1:3-11 Advent 2C
12/16/12 Philippians 4:4-7 Advent 3C
12/23/12 Hebrews 10:5-10 Advent 4C
12/24/12 Titus 2:11-14 Christmas Eve
12/30/12 Colossians 3:12-17 Christmas 1

That should certainly help in worship planning, in personal Bible study, and generally, in being ready throughout the year to interact with the Word.

KFJ – Pastor Ed

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