Over the last year, I've been attending services at The Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh and more recently, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley.Â I have foundÂ much needed refreshment in the worship services, leavened as they are with theÂ solemn beauty of written and spoken word, from the Bible and from the Book of Common Prayer.Â The scriptural readings are scheduled according to a lectionary (the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), I believe though I'm still a tad confused on these matters.) As a practical matter, this means that I have a ready-made schedule of texts to study:Â either to look ahead (so I can prepare this coming Sunday) or to review (so that I can reflect on what we meditated on last Sunday).
Happily, I have found online sources for the Sunday lectionary readings, including:
- Epiphany 3, Year C, RCL (previous Sunday) and Epiphany 4, Year C, RCL (coming Sunday) via Liturgical Calendar for 2010
- Year C - Epiphany - Third Sunday after the Epiphany : Revised Common Lectionary (previous Sunday) and Year C - Epiphany - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany : Revised Common Lectionary (coming Sunday)
Ultimately, I'd like to find sources of daily readings too. In the past, I've overreached in my Bible reading ambitions.Â Now I plan to start with the Sunday readings but then add daily readings as I get more regular and proficient in my Bible reflections.Â So when I'm ready, I should take a look at Book of Common Prayer Daily Office Lectionary (ESV Bible Online).Â I took a quick glance at Reading Plans - YouVersion.com, hoping to find lectionaries tied to this online Bible and community. I'll want to figure out how the Episcopal order of reading relates to that of the PCUSA for which I can get daily readings provided by the PCUSA (e.g., todayâ€™s reading isÂ PC(USA) - Devotions - Daily readings for Friday, JanuaryÂ 29, 2010)
P.S. A post on the lectionary won't be complete for me if I don't mention how I can ultimately geek out on it. The Lectionary points to a spreadsheet that "has the RCL, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist lectionaries keyed to Bible passages."Â With this key, I'll be able to computationally generate multi-denominational Bible readings for different days in different forms.Â Lectionary mashups, here we come!