Happy New Year | Visual Resources for Both Lectionaries This Week

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Happy New Year! This week both lectionaries go back to fill in some gaps from Jesus’ origin story in Matthew. The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) takes us to Matthew 2:13-23 and the Narrative Lectionary (NL) takes us all the way back to the genealogy in Matthew 1:1-17. These are visual resources to help you study, preach, and teach these texts.

Jump to Narrative Lectionary resources.

Revised Common Lectionary | Matthew 2:13-23 | The Horror Story of Christmas

This year we draw from the Gospel of Matthew in the RCL. We took a brief hiatus from Matthew last week in order to celebrate Christmas with the Nativity story in Luke. This week we jump back to Matthew and tell the dark side of the Christmas story. Just like the Pharaoh in Egypt at the beginning of Exodus, Herod the Great (the fake king of Israel) orders the slaughter of the young boys in Bethlehem. This was his attempt to wipe out his rival to the throne in his infancy. Joseph, Mary, and the young child Jesus flee for their lives to Egypt.

These images come from page 2 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew.

Preview PowerPoint

This PowerPoint contains the texts for both lectionaries this week.

Feel free to use any or all of these slides and images in your own preaching and teaching.

Narrative Lectionary | Matthew 1:1-17 | The Messiah Has Arrived

This week the Narrative Lectionary takes us back to the beginning of Matthew. This may not seem like an exciting text to preach, but the genealogy is an very important piece of Jesus’ back story and sets the tone for Matthew’s portrait of Jesus.

The three movements of the geneaology are very similar to the classic triology pattern.

  1. A New Hope. God brings Abraham on the scene to bring light to the world through a covenant people. The tribes are united through King David. Things are looking good.
  2. The Empire Strikes Back. Things quickly go wrong after David dies. The Kingdom is overpowered by selfishness, pride, greed, and power. They are literally defeated by invading empires and all seems lost.
  3. Return of the Messiah. The people have been waiting for centuries to welcome a new king like David, the annointed one. The Messiah. Jesus is that king.

These images come from page 1 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew.

Here is my introduction to Matthew 1-2. Enjoy!

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These sessions include:

  • a presentation of the visual resources for the lectionary texts for the week,
  • live discussion around the texts,
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