Visual Resources for the Lectionaries

This post offers visual resources for the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary for August 13, 2023. The RCL takes us to three powerful stories this week. First, we look at Joseph in Genesis for two weeks. Second, we read the story of Elijah and God on Mt. Horeb. Finally, we witness Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33. The NL concludes a series on Wisdom literature by looking at The Song of Solomon. It pairs this with Mark 8:35-37 for the Gospel reading.

Jump to Narrative Lectionary resources.

Revised Common Lectionary

Here are quick links to all the texts for this week:

August 13

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b

1 Kings 19:9-18

Psalm 85:8-13

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

Genesis 37:1–4

The images in the PowerPoint below are designed to help you tell the story of Joseph quickly to provide context for the text. Feel free to use them in your preaching and teaching.

1 Kings 19:9–18. Elijah on Mt. Horeb

Click through this PowerPoint to explore the story of how Elijah fled for his life and discovered that God’s voice is a whisper in 1 Kings 19:1-18.

The RCL Gospel Reading is Matthew 14:22–33. Jesus walks on water.

This image comes from page 10 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew.

Preview PowerPoint

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

Narrative Lectionary

The NL ends the summer with a series on the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Scripture. This week we conclude the series with a look at Song of Solomon. I have absolutely nothing visually for this book. Here is an exerpt from Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker’s commentary on Working Preacher,

This summer series ends with the Song of Songs. And it is appropriate that it does so because it is here, finally, in the Song, that we see what makes for the good life. That is, we see that the good life consists of right relationships—between man and woman, between humanity and the earth, and between humanity and God. In the love described in the Song, we see a reflection of the love that first called the world into being (Proverbs 8), that continues to sustain it season by season (Ecclesiastes 3), and that will bring it to new life beyond death itself (Revelation 21). Such love is worth preaching about, and the Song of Songs gives us evocative and lush language to do so.

The NL Gospel Reading is Mark 8:35–37

This image comes from page 12 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Mark.

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