Reflections and Practices for Year A
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This volume provides a full fifty-two weeks of devotional material based on the Revised Common Lectionary for Year C. Drawing from the insightful Bible commentaries in the Connections series, each week of offerings also includes scriptural and literary readings, lectio divina, spiritual practices, questions for journaling, and a prayer. This resource has been crafted with mainline, lectionary preachers and lay leaders in mind, both to supplement their planning for the week and to feed their souls in the midst of the work of ministry. Individuals and small groups will find their faith deepened through regular contemplation and devotional insight.
"What a rich devotional! Scripture-beribboned with trenchant questions, goading insights, invitations to sit, to pray, to write. Invitations to read Zora Neale Hurston and W. H. Auden. Yes, please!" -Lauren F. Winner, author of Wearing God "Offering excerpts from the biblical text and the Connections commentary series, questions for deeper reflection, lectio divina, and space for personal reflection and thoughts, Everyday Connections provides a rich and essential resource to strengthen and support your spiritual and devotional practice." -Song-Mi Suzie Park, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary "Given the richness of this devotional companion to the Connections Commentary, I can't imagine it sitting on your shelf unused! Designed with simplicity yet filled with depth, it is a resource that will help you engage scripture and life both more fully and more joyfully. The flexibility built into its use-individually, in small groups, and in relation to worship-give this guide longevity well beyond a particular lectionary year." -Marjorie Thompson, author of Soul Feast "In days of great tumult and stress, the guided meditations on Scripture and the prompts to prayer collected in Everyday Connections are a welcome balm and generous call to heed God's voice in the everyday life of those of us who yearn to follow Jesus. In days of joy and hope, this same book invites believers to praise a God whose word shows us the way of faithfulness and whose grace is ever abounding." -Eric D. Barreto, Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary "Everyday Connections leads readers through the spiritual practice of centering our heads and hearts in faithful reflection and connection. It resources the writings of the bible as well as the broader spiritual and intellectual resources of the Christian tradition, inviting us to link Christian wisdom, images, and teachings to the lived experiences of our communities and the communities of others. I commend this resource to pastors, chaplains, laypeople, and teachers engaged in the hermeneutical task of rendering biblical texts meaningful for our contemporary realities. If you seek to cultivate fresh engagement with the bible, communities, the Christian lectionary calendar, and the self and to have fresh voices accompany you along the way, this resource can guide you in that endeavor." -Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University