This past Sunday Steve challenged us to commit to listening to words of Jesus – words that are not just powerful – but create and change and affect reality! When God said Let there be light – it happened!
He challenged the church to follow the daily office lectionary. This way of daily Bible reading is found in the back of the Book of Common Prayer. It is a great tool given to us from the wisdom of the church and consists of an Old Testament reading, Psalm(s), New Testament reading, and a Gospel reading. The readings follow the church calendar and emphasize the themes of the liturgical seasons and thus invite us deeper into the scripture and into the life of Jesus.
If you turn to page 935 of your Book of Common Prayer you can find the daily office lectionary, but the table can be confusing to figure out what to read.
To make things really easy a couple in our church has a ministry in which they email the daily office lectionary to you each day! Mark and LIz Harbaugh have over a thousand subscribers and are passionate about providing the daily office lectionary scriptures in a way that is easy and formative. Every night at 1 am you will receive an email with the scriptures for the day after you subscribe – it is the simple!
Concerning the Daily Office Lectionary – taken from the Book of Common Prayer page 934
The Daily Office Lectionary is arranged in a two-year cycle. Year One begins on the First Sunday of Advent preceding odd-numbered years, and Year Two begins on the First Sunday of Advent preceding even-numbered years. (Thus, on the First Sunday of Advent, 1976, the Lectionary for Year One is begun.)
Three Readings are provided for each Sunday and weekday in each of the two years. Two of the Readings may be used in the morning and one in the evening; or, if the Office is read only once in the day, all three Readings may be used. When the Office is read twice in the day, it is suggested that the Gospel Reading be used in the evening in Year One, and in the morning in Year Two. If two Readings are desired at both Offices, the Old Testament Reading for the alternate year is used as the First Reading at Evening Prayer.
When more than one Reading is used at an Office, the first is always from the Old Testament (or the Apocrypha).
When a Major Feast interrupts the sequence of Readings, they may be re-ordered by lengthening, combining, or omitting some of them, to secure continuity or avoid repitition.
Any Reading may be lengthened at discretion. Suggested lengthenings are shown in parentheses.
In this Lectionary (except in the weeks from 4 Advent to 1 Epiphany, and Palm Sunday to 2 Easter) , the Psalms are arranged in a seven-week pattern which recurs throughout the year, except for appropriate variations in Lent and Easter Season.
In the citation of the Psalms, those for the morning are given first, and then those for the evening. At the discretion of the officiant, however, any of the Psalms appointed for a given day may be used in the morning or in the evening. Likewise, Psalms appointed for any day may be used on any other day in the same week, except on major Holy Days.
Brackets and parentheses are used (brackets in the case of whole Psalms, parentheses in the case of verses) to indicate Psalms and verses of Psalms which may be omitted. In some instances, the entire portion of the Psalter assigned to a given Office has been bracketed, and alternative Psalmody provided. Those who desire to recite the Psalter in its entirety should, in each instance, use the bracketed Psalms rather than the alternatives.
Antiphons drawn from the Psalms themselves, or from the opening sentences given in the Offices, or from other passages of Scripture, may be used with the Psalms and biblical Canticles. The antiphons may be sung or said at the beginning and end of each Psalm or Canticle, or may be used as refrains after each verse or group of verses.
On Special Occasions, the officiant may select suitable Psalms and Readings.