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Sunday 17 July 2022

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Resourcing Preaching Down Under
Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary

Bible Sunday

NZ Anglican Lectionary Booklet 2022

As well as being the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time or Proper 11, in the Anglican Church of Or (this lectionary booklet provides 20 different options for a Eucharist this Sunday, requiring a Gospel reading) this can also be “National Bible Sunday”. For this, the NZ Lectionary booklet provides mother Church of England’s Common Worship (CW) readings for an optional English October SundayCommon Worship has no status in our Church and, hence, cannot be used to replace our agreed readings for this Sunday (the Lectionary booklet printing these here, notwithstanding). The NZ Anglican Lectionary booklet has been printing these Church of England’s readings since 1998, plenty of time to have come to a NZ agreement on readings for a Bible Sunday if we actually think we need them. [On occasion, the NZ Lectionary booklet has even incorrectly claimed that the Bible Sunday provisions are RCL provisions!]

I will be quite clear about my position: I am against themed Sundays replacing our agreed Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) sequence. Celebrate “National Bible Sunday” by all means. Preach and teach about it, sing hymns and songs about it, give out free Bibles, pray about it, etc., BUT if you cannot do that alongside the three Bible readings and the Psalm provided by our agreed, set RCL, then you should not be leading a Christian community.

I would put money on it that, on average, those churches celebrating “Bible Sunday” this coming Sunday are reading and proclaiming less scripture than that provided by RCL.


Since we are on the topic of valuing the Bible, also long overdue is the restoration of Cranmer’s gem collect, abandoned in A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa:

God of inspiration,
you caused all holy scriptures to be written for our instruction,
grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,
that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of your holy Word,
we may embrace and ever hold fast to the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

Book of Prayers in Common Bosco Peters

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