Many of us who preach regularly turn to the lectionary, which offers a three year cycle of biblical texts. It's a helpful way to move through the biblical story, but the compilers of the lectionary leave out portions of that story. David Ackerman, a United Church of Christ pastor, has created a secondary lectionary -- what he calls "Beyond the Lectionary." David approached me about sharing the message with my readers, and so with this posting I begin sharing this word. My plan is to post these beyond the lectionary materials on the Thursday prior. I would also invite you to get a copy of David's forthcoming book, which I plan to review in the near future. Here is a description of the book:
Beyond the Lectionary gives preachers a new year of Biblical texts that are not found on Sundays (or other mainline Protestant holy days) in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. It provides readings from the Hebrew Bible, Psalms, Epistles/New Testament and Gospels for each Sunday of the liturgical year, along with several midweek observances. The texts have been selected with an eye toward continuity (progressing in order) and complementarity (textual completion or harmony), and they are accompanied by commentaries and prayers. Written in language that is accessible to both lay people and professionals, Beyond the Lectionary has the potential to transform congregational culture by bringing more of the content of scripture to people's awareness.
As one who seeks to preach out of the biblical story, I welcome this new resource. For more information see David's site -- Beyond the Lectionary.