The Blog of Keith H. Mcilwain. Disciple of Jesus / Husband of Robyn / Father of 4 / United Methodist Pastor / Beatles fan / Steelers fan
Sunday, March 27, 2011
On the Lenten Lectionary
"The temptation for this Sunday and the next several Sundays will be to omit readings and/or to shorten the lengthy gospel readings. Resist that temptation. These are the church's stories. They are not yours to dismiss because they are inconvenient and invade the time concerns you have. When you entered the covenant of ordained as deacons and elders or when you signed your paperwork as a local pastor or pastor from another denomination, you affirmed that you were persuaded 'that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain all things necessary for salvation' and you promised loyalty to The United Methodist Church, 'accepting its order, liturgy, doctrine and discipline . . .' (United Methodist Book of Worship, 689, 695). Therefore, read the entirety of these readings out of your persuasion and your acceptance of the liturgy, trusting the Spirit of God to do what God wants to do in the hearts of the people."
- Taylor Burton-Edwards,
Director of Worship Resources for the
General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church