It is the tradition at First Congregational Church of Harwich to use the Common Lectionary for preaching and study. Each Sunday, for example, we read the designated selections from the Hebrew Bible, Psalm and New Testament.
In the pews, we have available and generally use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible; but in the pulpit, we might choose another version of the Bible for reading, such as the King James Version for Christmas Eve.
Ours is a tradition that derives from the Protestant Reformation. It encouraged clergy, lay people and youth alike to together read and discuss Scripture, chant Psalms and hymns, and understand the meaning of God’s Word and Sacraments (for us, Baptism and Holy Communion).
Listed below are Lectionary Guides, created by our Interim Pastor, Rev. Dianne Arakawa.
They include brief summary-commentaries of the weekly Bible passages, followed by Ten Questions that our members and friends may use to better hear and understand the texts, prepare for Sunday services, and use with others who are homebound or in care facilities to deepen our every-growing faith.Photo courtesy of Ben White