9.26.13 … common ground … very cool!

Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), followup, denominational  differences, common ground, First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Myers Park Baptist:  Following my 9.22.13 … balance and imbalance …  post, I had a great discussion on-line about the use of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).  It is  used generally by  Episcopal churches and selectively by Presbyterian and Baptist churches.  It just happens that First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, my home church, is currently using it, as is  Myers Park Baptist in Charlotte.

Here is my discussion:

C: Ah. So they follow the lectionary! It is a difficult parable. Chuck did a nice job with it today. It is still uncomfortable, but do listen to Chuck’s sermon when it is online. It was one of those days when I thought the effort of the ministerial staff and music worked particularly well together. Two wonderful anthems done well.

September 22 at 10:48pm via mobile · Unlike · 1

A: What I find very interesting is we Episcopalians had the same lesson about the unjust manager. There is a trend in the Episcopal Church right now to move towards Catholicism and the Lutheran Church too. I wonder if our Lessons next Sunday will be the same as the Presbyterian Church or if this was a mere coincidence

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C: I believe (based on an anthem we will sing Sunday), that one lectionary reading next week is another difficult parable, from Luke, Lazarus and the rich man.

While not all Protestant churches follow the lectionary (a three-year cycle of scripture readings that follow the seasons of Christian churches), many do. Our church is actually new to doing this. But representatives of the Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA), Methodist, Church of Christ and others were involved in selecting the scriptures.

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D:  C … Does MPB use the lectionary?

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C:  Yes, especially these days

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D: So the answer, A, is that it is not coincidence. It happens because the churches are all using the same lectionary.

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A: That is really cool!!

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A little background on the RCL …

The Roman Catholic Mass Lectionary is the basis on which many Protestant lectionaries have been based, most notably the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and its derivatives, as organized by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) organization located in Nashville, Tennessee. Like the Mass lectionary, they generally organize the readings for worship services on Sundays in a three-year cycle, with four elements on each Sunday, and three elements during daily Mass:

first reading from the Old Testament or, in Eastertide from certain books of the New Testament;

responsorial Psalm (ideally, to be sung);

second reading from one of the New Testament Letters (only on Sundays); and a Gospel reading.

via Lectionary – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Worldwide Usage of the Revised Common Lectionary

The following is a 1998 listing of those churches or ecclesial communities around the world that use (and in some cases have adapted) the Common Lectionary in its original (1983) or revised (1992) form. (Some information is also provided about churches using their own adaptation of the Roman Lectionary).


Anglican Church of Canada

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Presbyterian Church in Canada

United Church of Canada

Great Britain

Church of England

Church in Wales (Anglican) (used as an alternative lectionary)

Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)

Scottish Episcopal Church

United Reformed Church

Methodist Church

Churches Together in England (CTE) (recommend usage)



Church of Ireland (Anglican) (used as an experimental alternative)

Southern Africa

Anglican Church of the Province of Southern Africa (includes Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, St. Helena, Lesotho, Swaziland)

Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (includes Zimbabwe)

United States

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Christian Fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Christian Reformed Church in North America

Episcopal Church (provisional use)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Reformed Church in America

United Church of Christ

United Methodist Church

via Worldwide Usage of the Revised Common Lectionary.

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