PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Olivet-Schwenkfelder
United Church of Christ

619 Township Line Road, East Norriton, PA  19403
"An Open and Affirming Community of Faith"
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You may have noticed that throughout our church’s liturgical year, certain scripture readings and sermon themes arise. This is because OSUCC, like many churches within Protestant denominations, uses the Revised Common Lectionary. The lectionary consists of prescribed readings for each Sunday in a three – year cycle. The purpose of the lectionary is to ensure that every three years Christians hear the gospel according to Mark, Matthew, and Luke, and that the scripture lessons are applicable to the liturgical season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter). The Revised Common Lectionary coordinates and organizes worship so that on any given Sunday in any given church, it is likely parishioners are hearing sermons inspired by the same scripture lessons. The lectionary gives structure to the Christian year, and encourages unity across Christian denominations. The only real disadvantage to the Revised Common Lectionary is that, due to the large number of scriptures in the Bible, some material is inevitably excluded.

Last summer for the second year in a row I preached “off lectionary” throughout the months of July and August. Once again, the feedback was wonderful. In the beginning of June the adult Bible School class brainstormed and voted on potential sermon series topics, and “Unsung Women of the Bible” garnered the most interest. Therefore throughout July and August I will be preaching on Biblical women such as Deborah, Dorcas, and Job’s Wife. Although most people are familiar with Biblical women such as Eve or Mary, the scriptures are filled with hidden women who have shaped our faith… Wealthy women, powerful women, abused women, charitable women, women who struggle with tragedy, and women of great compassion and wisdom. Join us for worship over the next two months as we learn about these unsung heroines of the Bible!

Blessings,
Pastor Leslie


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