The point of the lectionary is exploring all of the Bible, but it misses a couple important things.
Celebrate God’s Word
The lectionary doesn’t offer a month to simply celebrate God’s Word. So that’s what we’re doing this month, based on the ELCA constitution, which declares: The Bible is “the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.”
We are breaking this into three segments of “Hearing God’s Word in Your Life”:
• Inspiration, “Seeking the Source,” 2 Peter 1
• Orthodoxy, “Seeing Through God’s Lens,” Jeremiah 36
• Orthopraxy, “Steering with God’s Guidance,” Psalm 119:105
On the fourth Sunday in November, we might focus on preaching as God’s word and rhema. Or, we might step into Advent.
The HOLE in the Lectionary
Last year we spent a month in five books that the lectionary entirely misses. Can you imagine talking with the Apostle John in heaven:
YOU: John, I heard so many great sermons from your Gospel and your First Letter. Thank you for writing those books.
JOHN: How did your preachers handle my Second and Third Letters?
YOU: They never preached on those. They weren’t in the lectionary.
JOHN: Huh? God inspired those Letters, but he did NOT inspire a lectionary.
• 1 Chronicles 15, David worships
• 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon prays
• 2 John, Is Truth More Important Than Love?
• 3 John, Is Love More Important Than Truth?
• Jude, Eternity