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.
Meeting Matthew's Main Themes
Recent Tendencies in Research on the Gospel according to Matthew
Brief Bibliography  (originally for Salt and Light series)
New Group Studies: Meeting Matthew 1-4; 2. Meeting Matthew 5, 7, 12; 3. Meeting Matthew 20, 25
See the new Videos Page listing Sessions on Climbing the Sermon on the Mount (4 sessions)
and Light and Shade in Matthew (4 sessions)

Pentecost 3: 21 June  Romans 6:1b-11
UCA Anniversary: 22 June John 17:20-26
UCA Anniversary: 22 June Hebrews 13:1-8
What inspired "Uniting"
Ting and Ted: Celebrating the Uniting Church's  birthday.
What is the church? Helping children celebrate the UCA's birthday
Pentecost 4: 28 June Matthew 10:40-42
Pentecost 4: 28 June Romans 6:12-23
A Reflection on Genesis 22: Isaac
Pentecost 5: 5 July Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Pentecost 5 5 July Romans 7:15-25a
Pentecost 6: 12 July Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Pentecost 6: 12 July  Romans 8:1-11
Pentecost 7 19 July Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Pentecost 7: 19 July  Romans 8:12-25
Pentecost 8: 26 July Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Pentecost 8: 26 July  Romans 8:26-39
Pentecost 9: 2 August Matthew 14:13-21
Pentecost 9: 2 August  Romans 9:1-5
Pentecost 10: 9 August Matthew 14:22-33
Pentecost 10  9 August  Romans 10:5-15
Pentecost 11: 16 August Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28
Pentecost 11: 16 August  Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Pentecost 12: 23 August Matthew 16:13-20
Pentecost 12: 23 August  Romans 12:1-8
Pentecost 13: 30 August Matthew 16:21-28
Pentecost 13: 30 August  Romans 12:9-21

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:

New "Mark" Time Studies for inquiring minds of faith. Series 1: "Mark" Time 345 - 4 studies on Mark 3-5; Series 2: "Mark" Time 6 - 3 studies on Mark 6; Series 3: "Mark" Time 789 - 4 studies on Mark 7-9; Series 4: "Mark" Time 10 - 4 studies. These are for use of groups during the Year of Mark, but suitable for any time.

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

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 Matthรคusforschung 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