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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 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. 

Are you a lay leader who finds yourself tagged with giving the Sunday lesson for the first time? Are you a bivocational minister juggling sermon prep, church business, and a full-time career? Are you a full-time minister who finds yourself with a case of writer’s block? Are you a layperson who is interested in experiencing the unpacking of Scripture outside of the regular Sunday Service?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then I hope that this column we are starting on Anglican Compass can help you out and whet your appetite. 

Every week, we will begin posting reflections on the Lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday Holy Eucharist service. These will be focused on teasing out what the text says and how we as Anglicans “hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the appointed lessons.

Each reflection will be around five hundred words, and intended to provide a good starting point or nudge towards how to unpack the selected passage from the appointed texts. To start out with, we will be focusing on the Gospel readings appointed for the coming Sunday, though over time we will also examine the Old Testament writings and the Epistles.

Why are we doing this? Personally, I remember when I was first starting out as a lay minister in my local congregation. My church experienced a time when we were between priests and our Sunday services became Morning Prayer liturgies led by our Senior Warden and I. During that time, the way we provided instruction was in the form of reading sermons from a database kept up by an Episcopal Church website. Some of those sermons were better than others, and then some weeks it was difficult to find selections which were applicable at all for our context.

This column is not intended primarily as an ACNA version of that sermon database I used when I found myself leading Sunday Morning Prayer. We also aren’t aiming to be a rigorous academic commentary.  

Anglican Compass seeks to provide resources for clergy, lay ministers, lay Anglicans, and inquirers to help them in their ministries and Christian walks. Since the ACNA’s main strategy for growth relies on church plants, it’s safe to say there will be a fair number of lay and ordained people who will be able to use this series in ministry.