What is the Lectionary?
Throughout the year, the Southern New England Conference produces the Daily Lectionary for use by churches. Many churches distribute this resource in their newsletters or through links on their websites.
The practice of using a Lectionary to assign particular Scripture readings to each Sunday and festival day (ie Christmas) dates back to the fourth century, and has continued through the history of the Christian Church.
The lectionary was developed by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) – an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada who produce liturgical texts and curate a three-year lectionary for common use by Christian churches worldwide.
Scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada, including some from the United Church of Christ – produced the Revised Common Lectionary. In 2005, the CCT published the Revised Common Lectionary DAILY Readings, which provides weekday readings that relate to the Sunday Scripture lessons. Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday reading, and Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on what they heard at church.
The United Church of Christ offers many Lectionary-based resources, including:
There are also several church school curricula, including Best of Whole People of God, Living the Good News and Seasons of the Spirit, that are all based on the lectionary. Find more information on the MACUCC Curriculum page