Toward An Open Source Lectionary

Modifying the Lectionary Together

Using the Lectionary as a flexible framework of texts for worship, while claiming our freedom to thoughtfully, prayerfully, and communally modify it to more effectively communicate the story of the Bible and form disciples sent into the world for God’s mission.  Accepting the Revised Common Lectionary as an ecumenical gift for worship planning without being rigidly attached to it for every lesson every Sunday.

This website was part of my work on the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program at Luther Seminary.

Pastor Eric Lemonholm


  1. I want to know the difference between the lectionary used by the LCMS and the ELCA. What is meant by the Revised Common lectionary? Are all of the churches taking part in the revision? Thank you,


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      The Revised Common Lectionary was finalized in 1992, and has not changed since then – it was a revision of one from about 1982. The RCL is used by many denominations, and is similar (though not identical) to the one used in the Roman Catholic Church. Some denominations, like the LCMS, have their own lectionaries. I am actually not very familiar with it, but it seems to be very to the RCL, but with some differences – you can find more information at

  2. Scott

    What do you think about the selection of texts from the Book of Common Prayer? I am using Logos Bible Software and the daily BCP (1979). I’ve tried RCL daily twice but each time after the second or third day go back to BCP, this last time because I didn’t like reading Psa 150 three days in a row.

    I’ve done read through the Bible in a year quite a few times, most recently using D. A. Carson’s commentary “For the Love of God,” but wanted to change it up and use a lectionary this time.

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