Lectionary Resources

First Thoughts on Passages from the Gospels and the Epistles in the Lectionary The aim of these is to offer some initial reflections on the readings in the lectionary as an aid to people preparing sermons. The comments are not meant to be exegetical commentaries, although they include exegetical observation. They also include reflections which point to contemporary issues. They are also, by the same token, not sermons, not an attempt to say to people what sermons ought to be about. They are offered as a stimulus only. I have written them with only the Greek text before me, so that occasionally your translations may have opted for alternative ways of reading the text. If you sense this is the case, please check other translations or refer to detailed commentaries.

I value feedback on whether you find it is useful and on how it might be changed/improved, made more useful.

A group of Melbourne colleagues, led by Revd Prof Howard Wallace, recently retired as Professor of Old Testament at the Uniting Church Theological Hall, has  commentaries on the Old Testament passages.

For the Year of  Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew - An introduction for preachers.

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and for use in Lent
Lent 3: 19 March John 4:5-42
Lent 3:  19 March  Romans 5:1-11

At the Well - a Reflection on John 4

Lent 4: 26 March John 9:1-41
Lent 4:  26 March  Ephesians 5:8-14
Lent 5: 2 April John 11:1-45
Lent 5:  2 April  Romans 8:6-11
Palm Sunday:  9 April  Matthew 21:1-11
Passion Sunday: 9 April Matthew 27:11-54 (26:14 - 27:66)
Passion and Palm Sunday:  9 April  Philippians 2:5-11
A Prayer for Palm Sunday
Good Friday: 14 April John 18:1 – 19:42
Good Friday 14 April Hebrews 10:16-25
Good Friday 14 April  Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Easter Day: 16 April  Matthew 28:1-10
An Order of Worship for Good Friday
God of the Mountain: A Reflection on the Meaning of the Cross
Easter Day: 16 April  John 20:1-18
Easter Day: 16 April Colossians 3:1-4
Easter Day 16 April  Acts 10:34-43
A Reflection on Easter in German: Die Familie Osterhase
Forgiveness: A Reflection on Two Words from the Cross
God and the Sparrows - a reflection on divine risk and the cross
Caiaphas - Did you know?
Father, forgive them! A reflection on Luke 23:34
The unrepentant brigand: for Good Friday French

Zak - A Story for Children and All

Easter 2: 23 April  John 20:19-31
Easter 2: 23 April 1 Peter 1:3-9
Easter 2: 23 April Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Easter 3: 30 April Luke 24:13-35
Easter 3: 30 April 1 Peter 1:17-23
Easter 3: 30 April Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Easter 4: 7 May John 10:1-10
Easter 4: 7 May 1 Peter 2:19-25
Easter 4: 7 May Acts 2:42-47
Easter 5: 14 May John 14:1-14
Easter 5: 14 May 1 Peter 2:2-10
Easter 5: 14 May Acts 7:55-60
Easter 6: 21 May John 14:15-21
Easter 6: 21 May 1 Peter 3:13-22
Easter 6: 21 May Acts 17:22-31
Easter 7: 28 May John 17:1-11
Easter 7: 28 May 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Easter 7: 28 May Acts 1:6-14

Making Sense of Sex

This book is a summary of my five volumes of research on attitudes towards sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, indexed to those volumes.

My hope is that it will prove useful to a wide readership and serve as a doorway for others into the detailed research of the previous 5 volumes.

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A useful resource for ministers and parishes, seeking a fresh approach to the New Testament.

Other resources:

Year A Lectionary Index  First thoughts on the Matthew and other Gospel Passages, Year A
Year of Mark(John) Index First thoughts on the Mark(John) Passages, Year B
Engaging Mark - Reflections on Mark for Preaching
The Gospel of Mark - An Introduction for Preachers
(also translated in Czech language by Barbora Lebedová)
Year of Luke Index. First thoughts on the Luke and other Gospel Passages, Year C
The Role of John's Gospel in the Three Year Lectionary

Neuere Tendenzen in der Matthäusforschung English: Recent Tendencies in Research on the Gospel according to Matthew
Listening and telling as Preachers
Preaching as an invitation to engage God-stories
A Service of the Eucharist - for use within Worship

Links to links: try the following:
Songs that Unite: a rich site for worship resources
Liturgy: A New Zealand site for liturgical resources
Stepping Stones: A Guide to Lectionary Based Resources for Worship and Teaching - from  John Maynard
Sermons & Sermon Lectionary Resources by Richard J. Fairchild
Lectionary Resources provided by David Beswick