General CBF

Does your church use the Lectionary? CBF pastor solicits input for upcoming gathering

CBF Friends and Colleagues,

A growing number of CBF partner churches make regular or intermittent use of the Revised Common Lectionary (aka, the Lectionary or RCL), a three-year cycle of Bible readings for Sundays. The RCL is compiled and maintained by a group known as the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT, not to be confused with Christian Churches Together, another CBF partnership). The CCT, comprised of denominational representatives from across North America, meets annually to hear reports from different denominations on their use of the resource, as well as a time to explore potential developments.

In a little over a week, I’ll fly to NYC to join the dialogue for the first time as the CBF representative to the CCT group. As one who believes there is value in the use of a common lectionary among Christians, I’m excited to join the conversation. I’m also honored to represent our Fellowship at the table, an honor formerly held most faithfully and fruitfully for years by Dr. Mike Smith, senior pastor of Central Baptist Church Fountain City in Knoxville, Tenn. As I prepare for the event, I’m hoping you will help ready me for the dialogue.

• Does your church (or you personally) make use of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)? If so, why? If not, why not?
• How do you understand the value of the RCL for Christian spiritual formation?
• What critiques do you, your colleagues, or church have regarding the RCL?
• How are you or your church using the RCL?
• Are you aware that there are now daily lectionary readings?

I’d welcome your thoughts around these questions and any other questions that might arise for you or your church with regard to the RCL. Thank you for your time.

Finally, I’d like to invite you to a portion of the CCT gathering that is open to the public via webinar. Part of this year’s discussion is the place of the Gospel of John in the RCL as it relates to interfaith dialogue with the Jewish Community.

If you’d like to participate in that presentation/discussion, I encourage you to sign up for Wrestling with Tradition: Christians and Jews in Dialogue about the Revised Common Lectionary.

Christ’s peace to you all as we annually walk through the Story,

Rick Bennett, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Elkin, N.C.

Please leave your comments below. You may also e-mail Rick here.

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