Which readings?!

So there I was, up bright and early on a Tuesday morning ready to get started preparing to think about thinking about preparing a sermon for Sunday when I realised that during the summer months the Revised Common Lectionary (the big book with the list of readings for each service) goes a bit gung-ho! in its list of suggestions.

So this coming Sunday we’re offered two streams:


Genesis 24.34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45.10-17 or Song of Songs 2.8-13
Romans 7.15-25a
Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30


Zechariah 9.9-12
Psalm 145.8-14
Romans 7.15-25a
Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30

I’m fairly confident that it’s the continuous stream that Newport-on-Tay follows but play has been delayed until I get confirmation … Ho hum.


It also doesn’t help that the Scottish Episcopal Church lectionary lists 6 July as “Week of Proper 14” while the Revised Common Lectionary believes that the Sunday between 3 and 9 July is the week of “Proper 9”.

Not so common after all, eh!


Turns out it’s the thematic readings … time to get a readin’, a prayin’ and a writin’.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

3 thoughts on “Which readings?!”

  1. And as I was leading the morning service I couldn.t find the Collect for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost because it was under the 7th after Trinity. Why could it not be more simple?

  2. I know — the Sundays after Pentecost are usually called Sundays after Trinity in the old prayer book days.

    You just have to subtract or add one depending on which way you want to go, e.g.

    Pentecost (Whitsunday)
    Pentecost 1 (Trinity Sunday)
    Pentecost 2 (Trinity 1)
    Pentecost 3 (Trinity 2)
    Pentecost 4 (Trinity 3)
    Pentecost 5 (Trinity 4)
    Pentecost 6 (Trinity 5)
    Pentecost 7 (Trinity 6)
    Pentecost 8 (Trinity 7)

    Confusing, but not as confusing as Propers!

    G x

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