Each Sunday morning, we base our responsive readings, and often the sermon theme, on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We find it very helpful to stay in touch with the greater Church body around the world as we all follow the seasons of the Church Year. Click here for this Sunday's reading, or read on for more on the Lectionary...
The RCL is a three-year cycle of weekly Scripture readings built around the seasons of the Church Year. During most of the year, the readings are: one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, one from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading.
The seasons of the Church Year reflect the life of Christ, so the gospel readings for each Sunday provide the focus for that day. The other readings usually have a thematic relationship to the gospel reading. The RCL offers two options for the OT readings. One option gives the story of the Patriarchs and the Exodus in Year A, the monarchial narratives in Year B, and readings from the Prophets in Year C. The other option (usually followed by Highpine), chooses OT readings that are thematically related to the gospel readings.
The gospel readings for each year follow this pattern: Year A - Matthew, Year B - Mark, Year C - Luke. In 2010, we are in Year C.