Notes on the Lectionary is prepared for you by Lincoln Anderson. It is an icebreaker for someone who is reading the Lectionary and wants to engage with what the Church has appointed for a particular Sunday. This is whether you never intend to preach, are just starting out preaching, or have been preaching for a while.

From now until the end of the current liturgical year, we will be posting these reflections looking at the remainder of Lectionary Year B.

We invite feedback and especially suggestions of what you would find helpful so that when we start the next liturgical year (Year C) we can be geared to provide a useful and nourishing resource to our brothers and sisters.

About Lincoln Anderson

Lincoln Anderson is the Deacon at The Good Shepherd Anglican Church, which serves the Opelika-Auburn, AL, area. Lincoln is on Twitter as @deaconlincoln.

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2711, 2021

Your Redemption is Drawing Near

Gospel Reading for Advent I, Year C; Luke 21:25-33 Notes on the lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:26–28, ESV) "Straighten up and Raise Your Heads" This Sunday begins the third year in the three year Lectionary cycle. For [...]

1111, 2021

Out of Her Poverty

Notes on the lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page. And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out [...]

311, 2021

The Great Commandment

Notes on the lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page. And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from [...]

2110, 2021

Your Faith has made you well

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:50–52, ESV) The Blind Man on the Way The Gospel [...]

1410, 2021

The Cup that I Drink

Gospel Reading for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 10:35-45 Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” (Mark 10:39–40, ESV) James' and [...]

710, 2021

The Eye of the Needle

Gospel Reading for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 10:17-31 Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for [...]

2909, 2021

Do Not Hinder Them

Gospel Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Mark 10:2-16 Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark [...]

2309, 2021

It is Better – Gospel Reading for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:38-48

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary "And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for [...]

1609, 2021

What Were You Discussing on the Way? Gospel Reading for Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:30-37

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. (Mark 9:32–34, ESV) In this week’s Gospel lesson, we receive two teachings from Jesus that are presented separately but are really deeply [...]

809, 2021

Help My Unbelief! Gospel Reading for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:14-29

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23–24, ESV) There are some stories that I am immensely thankful are contained in Scripture, apart from the central narrative about God’s love for us and his redemption of us from the dominion of darkness and death. This week’s Gospel lesson is one example. [...]

2708, 2021

What is “Notes on the Lectionary”?

Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary We want to create an icebreaker for someone who is reading the Lectionary and wants to engage with what the Church has appointed for a particular Sunday. This is whether you never intend to preach, are just starting out preaching, or have been preaching for a while. From now until the end of the current liturgical year, we will be posting these reflections looking at the remainder of Lectionary Year B. We invite feedback and especially suggestions of what you would find helpful [...]

2708, 2021

Be Opened! Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 7:31-37

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary Gospel Reading for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 7:31-37 “And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.” (Mark 7:34–35 ESV) There are times when I have to really work to get at what it is the lectionary is trying to get me to understand in the readings set for each Sunday. This reading [...]

2708, 2021

Unwashed Hands and Traditions of Men: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 7:1-23

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary  Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 7:1-23 “And he said to them, ‘Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?’ (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him.’” (Mark 7:18–20, ESV) Growing up, I remember that [...]