Welcome to Wading in the Waters of the Word™ with A Women’s Lectionary

Gentle Readers, Followers, Preachers, Pray-ers, Thinkers and Visitors, Welcome!

Welcome to this space where you can share your worship – liturgy and preaching – preparations – using  A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church. We begin in Advent 2021 with Year W, a single, standalone Lectionary volume that includes readings from all four Gospels. (We will continue with Year A in Advent 2022 to align with the broader Church.) In advance of each week, I will start the conversation and set the space for you all. I will come through time to time, but this is your space. Welcome!

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A Women’s Lectionary For The Whole Church

Session 1, October 16, 2021
Rev. Wil Gafney, PhD at Myers Park Baptist Church

Plenary 1 | Translating Women Back Into Scripture for A #WomensLectionary
This session introduces participants to frequently unexamined aspects of biblical translation in commonly available bibles and the intentional choices made in “A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church.”

A Women’s Lectionary For The Whole Church

Session 2, October 16, 2021
Rev. Wil Gafney, PhD at Myers Park Baptist Church

Plenary 2 | Reading Women in Scripture for Preaching, Study, and Devotion
This session provides an overview of “A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church,” its genesis, production, and content. There is also an in-depth exploration of specific passages appointed for specific days including time for public and private reading and discussion.

Lectionary Lectio

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Easter 6

Sin was supposed to mean “missing the mark of God’s expectation for us.” And yes, some of those expectations can be found on lists configured as rules and laws but they are only the framework of a tapestry in which our love for God is interwoven with her love for us producing the gorgeous colors and sumptuous textures of a life that is pleasing to God. In too many sermons, an epistle about sin, if read or preached with regard to women, would construct women and our bodies and our choices about our bodies as the occasion of sin. The perception that women are a thing to be controlled, to be mastered, to be dominated is as old as, if not the first humans, or the first stories about the first humans, then as the first interpretations of those stories. Interpretations of the Mary and Martha, Martha and Mary story often focus on “a woman’s place.” What passed for liberating readings in some contexts is saying that a woman’s place is not just in the kitchen but also at the feet of Jesus. Missing from the less than revolutionary readings is the question of why it is imagined that women have a “place” when men don’t.

Where are the women disciples in the epistles outside of Romans 16 and a pastoral letter about church conflict? Where is Mary Magdalene? Where is the Blessed Virgin? Where are the stories about the women pastors, apostles and bishops in whose homes these early Jesus communities were meeting? Where are their sermons and pastoral epistles? Why are there so many fewer women in the Acts of the Apostles? It seems that all of those women disciples in Luke were simply narrative tools determined to be unnecessary in Acts in which female characters simply fade to black.

Easter 5

Eastertide is a season of miracles. The resurrection of Jesus is followed by stories of miraculous healing at the hands of Peter and Paul and their shadows and handkerchiefs. Easter doesn’t look like that anymore. What are we to do with these stories? They are stories of power. They tell a story of possibility. They tell us that the power resident in Jesus extends through him to his disciples. It is the work of the disciples to use the gift God has given them to bring healing to the church and the world. Jesus did not give us the miraculous tool kit we see in Acts. The healing we bring will look different. But we are no less sent to do the work of healing, restoration and reconciliation to the God of the joyful psalm on our way to the final resurrection of the epistle. 

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