As I write to you it is another gorgeous morning in Saratoga and the church grounds are abuzz with meetings and the activity of young children.
This day is like many I have experienced so far at Prince of Peace; joyous, fun, bright, & meaningful. And in the midst of this activity I cannot help but wonder, “How can we adapt the worship so that our experiences of Scripture have this kind of vitality?”
When we gather together on Sunday mornings for worship we do so in a fairly organized way. Individual pieces may change regularly, but the larger pattern remains the same. This pattern is called the liturgy; from a Greek term meaning, “the people’s work.” The liturgy gives a good order to follow so that we experience more of the breadth of God’s action in the world.
Members of PoP have been joining me (and more often than not teaching me) in trying to put the kind of energy and thought into our liturgy that we have in our music; this is a strong tradition at Prince of Peace, but there is one piece of the liturgy that has not changed in some time (with exceptions for special occasions): the lectionary - the series of readings we hear on Sunday. We currently, like most liturgical churches since 1994, use the Revised Common Lectionary.
I believe now is a good time to broaden this work by testing out the Narrative Lectionary this fall.
Here’s what makes the Narrative Lectionary different from the Revised Common Lectionary.
We begin September 13th. In the meantime, please check out the Narrative Lectionary page at: http://www.workingpreacher.org/?lectionary=nl for more details.
Reverend Nathan Winterhof and Reverend Sara Pearson have been Co-Pastors at Prince of Peace Saratoga since April 2015. In addition to shepherding the congregation, they have two children and a dog to keep them on their toes and provide sermon material.