Rev. Barbara E. Mosch, Pastor

P. O. Box 837
103 Turnpike St.
Milesburg, PA  16853

From Barbara’s Desk

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                            This month you may learn more about the church calendar and its designated readings than you ever wanted to know, but I think an explanation of the terminology “Proper” is warranted since I am just now beginning to use it.

     Sundays on the PC (USA) calendar are designated in 3 ways.  For example, 1) June 7 is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost; 2) 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time; and 3) Proper 5.  It also lists four scripture lessons for each Sunday from the Revised Common Lectionary:  Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel readings in a 3-year cycle - Years A ,B, and C..    The Revised Common Lectionary uses the second type designation, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.   This is what you have seen in the bulletins for years.

     The first scripture references on this Milesburg Church June calendar are those from the Revised Common Lectionary, found on the PC (USA) calendar.  They are enclosed by brackets.

     Until very recently, I have preached from the RCL.  I have been with you long enough that I have used each of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons in the 3-year cycle.   Sometimes I have preached on a Psalm, but more often I use verses from the Psalms in the Call to Worship or Call to Offering, etc.  Rather than repeat a sermon topic suggested by the RCL, I have begun using another source, not that there isn’t always something new to be gained in revisiting a Biblical text.

     That new source is Beyond the Lectionary.  A Year of Alternatives to the Revised Common Lectionary by David Ackerman.   Rev. Ackerman has been an active, preaching pastor for over 17 years.  Like the RCL, Ackerman also gives a lesson from the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistles, and Gospels each week.    Ackerman uses the designation “Proper” Sunday, so I am going to use “Proper” plus the number, too.   The second set of readings on this green calendar is from Beyond the Lectionary and will be used for our services.

     The great advantage in preaching from Beyond the Lectionary is that you will hear new passages discussed.  They are challenging and diverse.  The feedback I have received from sermons using these suggested texts has been very positive so far.   

     On a lighter note, how should you study any book in the Bible?  Just Luke into it.
And now, be “Proper” about it!  

                                                                                                Pastor Barbara  



Scripture readings for June:

Sunday, June 7
[1 Sam. 8:4-11 (12-15)16-20 (11:14-15); Ps. 138; 2 Cor. 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35]

Gen. 27:1-10, 18-19, 26-33, 38-40; Ps. 12


Sunday, June 14
[1 Sam. 15:34-16:13; Ps. 20; 2 Cor. 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17; Mark 4:  26-34]

Gen. 38:1-26; Ps. 35:19-25; Acts 5:1-11; Matt. 12:43-45

 Sunday, June 21
[1 Sam. 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49 and Ps. 9:9-20; or 1 Sam. 17:57-18:5, 10-16 and Ps. 133; Ps. 133; 2 Cor. 6:1-13; 
Mark 4-35-41]

 Gen. 41:9-40; Ps. 37:23-28ap Acts 6:1-7; Mark 8:14-21


Sunday, June 28
[2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27; Ps. 139; 2 Cor. 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43]

Ex. 32:15-34; Ps. 44:1-3; Acts 7:35-43; Mark 7:9-13