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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Holy Name of Jesus

It’s still Christmas! Mid-Christmas we have the most Christmasy of feasts, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on 1 January. Today’s readings feature a most beloved and most often misinterpreted text, “a young woman is (already) pregnant,” Isaiah 7:14. Our spiritual ancestors looked back to the Greek version of this text in which the young woman was a virgin (as opposed to the Hebrew version) and, read the text so retroactively that the Hebrew adjective, pregnant, and Greek description, “in womb” would be interpreted as and in some cases replaced in Bible translations with the future form of the verb to be, giving us the romantic completely contrived “prophecy”: a virgin shall conceive…” If we stop trying to make that passage say what it clearly does not and, look to see what it does say, we will find a God who comes to her people’s rescue to save, deliver and redeem when they need her most. As always, context is key and this passage should be read in it wider literary and cultural context. The psalm accompanies this reading, proclaiming the faithfulness of God across the ages in all circumstances. In the epistle, Jesus, in the very form of God, demonstrates what this faithfulness looks like by becoming flesh among us. The Gospel tells the story of that Incarnation, the Christmas story. 

Sunday 1 After Christmas

More Christmas! We have a Christmas triduum! (And more to come after a short interlude.) For the First Sunday After Christmas, which falls on the day after Christmas this year, Year W focuses on the human estate, the flesh in which God was pleased to dwell, our very human flesh. In the first lesson we are crafted from the dust of the pristine magnum opus of God. The psalmist is astounded that God would ever consider such creatures, let alone reckon us as a little lower than the divine. In the epistle, this now weary and worn creation is made new. The gospel reading is a matrilineal genealogy of Jesus created by Patricia Ann Ware who elicited the names of the known missing mothers from the scriptures. This week will require some wrestling with the explicit binary nature of human being in these Iron Age scriptures and our current expanding understandings of gender.