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Lectionary Sermons

by Tim Isbell, #lectionarysermons 

Every culture and country has its own calendar to frame the seasons of the year. Many people don't realize that God's Kingdom has its calendar - the Christian Calendar. The best framework for this is the Revised Common Lectionary (#lectionary). Below is a diagram; to see a larger version, just click on it. You can download an animated PowerPoint version of it from the attachment list at the bottom of this page.




The diagram is a bit more than just the Christian calendar - it is integrated with the framework of the Revised Common Lectionary. This website contains many sermons that link to the Christian calendar, meaning that they use the lectionary scriptures as their base.

But you do not need to be a lectionary preacher to use these sermons. For example, if you are looking for some preaching ideas for the weeks leading up and through Christmas, you'll find them in the Advent and Christmas Season area. If you are looking for something about the wise men or the introduction of the good news outside its Jewish roots, you'll find it in Epiphany. Maybe you are looking for something on confession and repentance or limited consumption, you'll find it in the season of Lent. And so on.

If you are looking for a sermon to go with a particular scripture, click on Sermon Chart and sort for messages by biblical text - then just navigate to the scripture you want to preach on.
I am just beginning to add sermons to the Sermon Chart. My intention is to provide usable sermons for as many weeks of the 3-year lectionary cycle as I can, and provide them at least a month before readers need them. Lectionary year A begins with Advent on Sunday, November 29, 2010, so I will post material around the end of October. If you are an experienced lectionary preacher, you'll find it easy to check out. If you are new to lectionary preaching, Advent of Year A is a great time to give it a try. Click on Year A Advent & Christmas downloads to see at least one sermon for each Sunday from the start of Advent through December.



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