For nearly six years, we have been posting links between children’s and youth literature and three passages from the Revised Common Lectionary for each Sunday of the year. This three year cycle of readings is used by many Protestant denominations to shape worship and education and our web statistics indicate that the Friday Lectionary Links are our most read feature at Storypath.
In late 2015, we began getting a few requests to add links to the passages from the Narrative Lectionary which, we admit, we didn’t know much about! As we learned more about this four year cycle of readings, we asked our readers for input and found that many of you are already using this structure for your preaching and teaching. We met Greg Rawn, publisher of Spirit and Truth Publishing at the 2016 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators conference and realized that curriculum was now being produced based on the Narrative Lectionary. We noticed that others were working to create resources for these readings, and we wanted to be a part of that as well!
So we are happy to announce that beginning August 3, 2016, we will begin posting Lectionary Links for Year 3 of the Narrative Lectionary! The Narrative Lectionary year begins in the fall, and the first Sunday of Year 3 is September 11. The August 3 post will be the Links for September 11, 2016 . The Narrative Lectionary has two passages for each Sunday. One is designated as a preaching text and the other a supplementary text. We will only be providing a link between a book and the preaching text. We are committed to providing these Links for Year 3 and hope we will be able to continue the subsequent years if funding remains available.
This is going to mean we are making a few changes in our posting schedules. Book reviews and bibliographies, normally posted on Tuesdays, will now be posted on Mondays beginning August 1. The Narrative Lectionary links will be posted on Wednesdays and the Revised Common Lectionary links will continue to be posted on Fridays. You may see some slight changes to our site as we implement this new feature, but we hope you’ll still be able to find your way around with ease.
Please spread the word so that those who use the Narrative Lectionary will know they will have another resource to support their work of teaching and preaching!