The Lectionary and the Church Calendar

Mosaic follows the Revised Common Lectionary and the church calendar.  What in the world does that mean?While Mosaic is rooted generally in the free-church tradition, and specifically in the Baptist General Convention of Texas, we follow the Revised Common Lectionary.  A lectionary is any collection of Scripture readings appointed for Christian or Jewish worship on a given day or occasion.  For thousands of years Jewish and Christian communities have followed a lectionary.  Today, most Christian churches in the Protestant tradition use the Revised Common Lectionary, which includes readings each Sunday from the Psalms, the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels. The readings are organized into a three-year cycle.

We generally follow the lectionary because it grounds us in the life of the global and historical church, allowing us to explore the ancient texts on a given Sunday in partnership with churches in Ethiopia, Papa New Guinea, Korea and the world over.  When we sense that our community is called to explore something new during a given season, we follow the Spirit’s lead.  But more Sundays than not, we find the deepest expression of our story in the guidance that the lectionary provides us.

Mosaic also follows the church calendar – a journey that begins in waiting with the season of Advent, finds the fulfillment of that expectation in Christmas, and then celebrates the public nature of the gift in Epiphany.  The season of Epiphany gives way to the season of Lent, a time for reflection, confession, and repentance.  We are surprised by the gift of Easter, a six week season of Celebration- and then Pentecost, where the church remembers who we are, whose we are, and why we are.  Ordinary Season is where we spend half of our time, learning how to journey with God in all of life’s in-betweens.

Our life together is a journey.  We are on a pilgrimage, headed somewhere.  The church calendar recognizes the journey of faith, it guides us through those seasons and invites us to acknowledge that the story is broader, wider, deeper, and richer than our own individual experiences.