The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is best understood and used as a flexible framework of Biblical readings for worship through the three year Church Year cycle, within which the preacher and worshiping community are free to alter or choose different texts to educate and empower the congregation to more effectively fulfill the mission of the church. The RCL is a helpful framework of texts for worship, a common starting point for worship planning which regularly takes the congregation through the Gospels and other key Scripture passages. If we did not have the lectionary, someone would have to invent something like it. We can accept the framework of the RCL as an ecumenical gift and build upon it, however, without being tied to each and every reading. The lectionary needs to be incarnated in the congregation in the light of local contexts and needs. This book and the website www.opensourcelectionary.com are the fruit of my 2011 Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching project, developing and sharing open source, online resources to help preachers adapt the lectionary to their congregation’s context and more fully communicate the story of the Bible and preach the congregation into God’s story and mission. My goal is to show why and how to depart from the RCL faithfully and creatively for the sake of the mission of the church. Let us claim our freedom to improvise and innovate with open source Lectionary Mods! “For the preacher looking for ways toward sermons ‘outside the box’ this book is a must. In the midst of a fair and balanced critique of the Revised Common Lectionary, Lemonholm’s proposal affords creative lectionary options that can supplement and enhance lectionary preaching. Lemonholm is careful to situate his project not as a rival lectionary but as possible directions for preaching that address and give voice to the multiple liturgical, theological, functional, and pastoral concerns for congregations centered in biblical preaching.” – Karoline M. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 176 pages. 8.50x5.50x0.40 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 1466271361