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 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. 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.
These daily readings provide 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 on Sunday.
Other Lectionary Resources
The United Church of Christ offers many Lectionary-based resources, including:
- The Stillspeaking Daily Devotional , a Daily Bible Reading and Devotional Message. A team of some of the most gifted writers and pastors in the United Church of Christ collaborate on this daily spiritual email message which includes a passage of scripture from the lectionary, a prayer and a brief daily thought. This is also available as an RSS feed and a shorter version is available via Twitter.
- The UCC SAMUEL featuring Sermon Seeds, a lectionary-based sermon preparation resource.
- Weekly Seeds , a lectionary-based Bible-study tool for local congregations adapted from Sermon Seeds. This is intended for lay Bible study in lectionary parishes. There is also an online discussion forum and blog on the Weekly Seeds linked from this page.
- Worship Ways, a variety of prayers, liturgies, and "how-to" articles for use on Sundays, Festivals, and special UCC calendar days.