Text: Mark 7:1-17
Wednesday, 2:38pm. I’m sitting at Global Gallery working on the sermon. An email comes from Gwen, back at the church office. She’s starting to ponder the bulletin cover image to go with today’s scripture, and is apparently discussing the matter with church Accountant Ellen Kreider at the nearby desk. The email reads: “Inquiring minds (Ellen’s and Gwen’s) want to know: who picks these lectionary verses anyway?”
The fact that I include this note at the beginning of the sermon might tell you how far along I was at that point.
The short answer to that inquiry is that back in the 80’s an ecumenical group of Christian leaders got together and created what is now the Revised Common Lectionary. It’s organized into a three year cycle and every Sunday includes readings from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a Gospel, and a New Testament epistle. This is Year B, which features Mark’s Gospel. One of the beauties of the lectionary is that it enables congregations of many different persuasions to worship with the same scriptures each Sunday. Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Saint James Episcopal Church, North Broadway United Methodist Church, and Clinton Heights Luther Church, all...