The Revised Common Lectionary


Throughout the world, Christians meet every week on the Lord's Day, Sunday, to praise God and to study his Word.

Many Christians--Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Methodists--have chosen to read the same lessons aloud each Sunday to emphasize their sense of being one community united in Christ as they journey together through the church year. This set of lessons is called the lectionary.

Each lesson (Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm, and Gospel) is chosen for its appropriateness for that day and season--Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost--and the four lessons for the day have a common theme and are interrelated.

The lectionary for the Year of Luke is may be found in the Calendar of the Church Year.

The hymns of the worship service are chosen to reflect the theme of the lessons, and the pastor also uses the theme as the basis for his sermon.

The Revised Common Lectionary is a joint effort of the mainline churches published by the Consultation on Common Texts.

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