Dear Oak Grove Friends,
How many of you learned that the Bible is really a library of 66 different books? How many of you have read or studied at least some the many different stories found in the Bible? My answer to both of those questions is yes, I have!
I am excited about something I (we) will be starting in worship on September 7, 2014. We will be looking at the story of the Bible for the next 9 months. Yes, that is correct, the story of the Bible, not the stories of the Bible. To be sure we will read and ponder many different stories of the Bible, but we will also be looking at the arc of the story that goes across all of the different books and stories to create one story of God in our world, or more accurately of us in God’s world.
Some of you may be familiar with the Revised Common Lectionary which is a three-year cycle of Scripture readings from which many pastors draw their sermon scriptures each week. There are two readings from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament each week that are somehow (often in a very obscure way) related. In the last few years, a new set of readings called the Narrative Lectionary have been developed. This set of readings runs from September through May each year and follows the story of God from one end of the Bible to the other. I will be starting in year 1 of the Narrative Lectionary on Sunday, September 7, 2014. We will be exploring God’s promises to us through the story of Noah.
I am looking forward to our time together as we explore Living in God’s Story through the coming months.
Note: You can find more information on the Narrative Lectionary here.
Beginning September 1, 2014, you will be able to find daily readings leading up to each week’s passage here.