The word lectionary refers to the prescribed readings of scripture that many churches follow week by week. Ministers and music directors base their sermons and plan their worship around those passages. The passages are chosen to fit the church year.
It has become a Bloor Street tradition to have our ministers meet with lay people to gather insights concerning what a particular passage may be saying to a cross section of the congregation. In the process those who meet find they learn quite a bit about the context in which the passage is written from both the perspective of events of the time and the purposes of the writer.
You may feel this sounds like hard work without any payoff. As one who has attended with enthusiasm, I can say there are several payoffs. First of all, you appreciate the worship service much more (and can be pleased to see your modest input find its way into the service). Secondly you learn not only from Martha who facilitates the discussion but also from others who share in the discussion. Best of all the groups have developed a great enjoyment of each other's insight and wit and contrary to what one might expect, it is an hour and a half of fun and personal enrichment.
Both Wednesday and Thursday lectionary groups would welcome anyone who would like to join. Wednesday we meet from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in Martha's study (third floor, southwest corner). On Thursday, we start at 8:15 a.m. in the Board Room and are done by 9:45 a.m. - in time for students or persons with regular commitments to be somewhere at 10:00 a.m.
We would love to see YOU and if you find it worthwhile, to have you attend regularly. Why not give it a try?