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Rev. Jim Roth
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The picture was taken upon the occasion of the baptism of our fifth grandchild, Avary. Judy and I have been married all but 45 years. We have two sons, Ben and Adam, and five grandchildren, Mason (16), Julia (14), Adison (10), Abigail (6), and Avary (3).

Judy and I live in Perkiomenville, (about a 50 min. drive) Montgomery County. I have just completed my 42nd year in the ministry, having served a church in Zieglerville (17 1/2 years), in Limerick (19 years), and in *East Greenville, for this past 3 years. This, *New Goshenhoppen, was my home church in which I was baptized, confirmed, married and ordained.

Judy is a retired special education teacher and Perkiomen Valley School District Administrator and is now an adjunct professor at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.

My Dad grew up in Shoemakersville and my Mom in Reading. My dad, Clarence was a teacher, coach, and then principal of the Upper Perkiomen HS for 42 years.

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THE REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY (RCL)

The Revised Common Lectionary is made up of readings from the Bible for use in Protestant Christian worship, making provision for the liturgical year with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons. It was preceded by the Common Lectionary of 1983, by the Council on Church Union (COCU) Lectionary of 1974, which in turn was based on the 1969 three-year lectionary produced by the Roman Catholic Church following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. We are currently in Year A which commenced in Advent 2016.

The major principle behind the lectionary is that on a Sunday, members of congregations should be able to hear the voice of each of the Bible writers, sequentially, week by week, rather than readings being selected according to a theme. Thus, in any given year the writer of one of the first three gospels will be heard from beginning to end. Likewise the rest of the New Testament is heard, in some cases, virtually in total, in others in large part.

However, there are exceptions.

  1. Different principles apply during the special seasons of the year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter. Here appropriate selections, relevant to the season, are chosen.
  2. Because the cycle is three years long, only three of the Gospel writers are given a year. John's Gospel, whose form and character is very different from the three synoptic (similar) gospels is treated differently and is inserted into all three years. Passages from John’s Gospel appear in the special seasons of Advent and Lent, and then just before and during the Easter season, and intermittently throughout Pentecost.
  3. Because the Old Testament is so much longer than the New, it is inevitable that a smaller proportion of the material will be included, unless readings are to be very long. So it was decided that churches could choose between two Tracks in their use of the Old Testament. Track 1 adheres to the principle of giving the Biblical writer his own voice, thus following week by week from a portion of a book. Track 2, on the other hand, designated the Related Track, is intended to relate in some way to the Gospel for the day. Two Psalms are provided to use one as a responsorial psalm each Sunday.
  4. Lastly, there has been a certain amount of editing so that some verses of most books are omitted. The overall intention is that the substance of a biblical writer's thoughts may be read and heard in church.
  5. Note: The length of the Scriptural canon (bible books considered to be God inspired) almost prohibits that the whole of the Scriptures could be included without the necessity of very long readings on a Sunday or the addition of more cycles of years.

    Pastor Jim Roth

    Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Desiderata (Max Ehermann 1927)