Opening the Bible this week

We at PFLC have begun using the Narrative Lectionary. While that means we won’t be using the same texts as many of our Christian sister congregations, there is a vibrant online Narrative Lectionary conversation. Feel free to join in on the Narrative Lectionary group on Facebook or other forums.

Texts for September 25, 2016:

Genesis 50:15-21

The Sundays after Pentecost are called “the time of the church,” – the time between the earthly ministry of Jesus, which is past, and the consummation of the Kingdom, which lies ahead. The time in between is full of ministry in the world as carried out by the followers of Jesus, also called the Body of Christ, in response to his commissioning in Matthew 28, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”

This season spans the summer and most of the fall months, lasting anywhere from 23-28 Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. The color of the season is green, which represents a time of growth in the Spirit as the risen Christ is formed in his people. Symbols for this season include the vine and branches, which represent how we are connected to Jesus and live and grow in him. Also, the ship on the seas represents the church with Christ as the captain in calm and in storm.

Texts can be found online at textweek.com. Click on the resources for Narrative Lectionary.

Thoughts on the texts stay tuned throughout the week for thoughts on the above texts, gleaned from conversations in various small groups.

workingpreacher.org – Luther Seminary offers commentaries and other helps for those studying Sunday’s Bible readings ahead of time. Click on the “Narrative Lectionary” tab.

See Daily Life Links for more study resources.

Or go to our Facebook page for daily readings with a discussion question (and other fun things).