Last week our church staff made a decision that we would follow the lectionary for corporate worship at my church. We agreed to begin with the first week of Advent and stick with it all the way through Advent 2008.
For those of you who don't know this, the lectionary is a three year systematized way of reading most of the Bible in depth. The schedule follows the church year.
For those of you that know me, you can guess several reasons why this is a seriously hard commitment for me, and why I'm twitching.
1 - I don't usually plan that far ahead. Without my wonderful assistant I wouldn't hardly know what I am supposed to do today.
2 - I'm more like the wind that I care to admit. This commitment means that I don't get to waver off course because the whole team is planning and working alongside me on this.
3 - I fight structure at most every turn. I'd prefer to be loose and free wheeling in my approach to all of life, even my sermon planning.
We'll see how this goes. Any of you readers follow the lectionary in your church? Would love to hear how you make it work. Of course, I'm telling you all so that I'll be more accountable to actually doing this!