A Short Two-Week Lectionary for Ministers (2012)

This article was first published in Ministry Today — Issue 54.

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A
retreat
LECTIONARY
Every visit I have made to Sheldon has proved to be a stimulating
and energising experience. I have greatly appreciated the
opportunity stand back from the pressures of ministry, and as a
result gain a new perspective on how God would have me live
for Him.
Sheldon has been a place for rest and refreshment, for re-
connecting and for renewal, for re-evaluation and resolution,
for re-imagining and re-envisioning. A key part of this process
has involved spending time reading and reflecting on scripture.
I have sought to engage in ‘lectio divina’; taking up one word
after the other, examining it, reflecting upon it, and hearing God
speak words of grace and words of direction into my life. I have
found it helpful to then go on to journal, to write down what I
believe God has been saying to me.
But what scriptures should we read? Like many ministers,
I use the common lectionary as the framework for my daily
devotions. However, it occurred to me that it could be helpful to
have a lectionary specifically designed for ministers on retreat
– and not least for ministers who are perhaps suffering from
the stresses and strains of ministry. Indeed, many of us when
we come to Sheldon are not just exhausted, but we are perhaps
feeling bruised or wounded from the experience of ministry.
The intention is for you to read as much or as little as is appropriate
for you. You might have only sufficient energy to read one
passage a day or might want to go for three passages. There are
enough readings for two weeks but most retreats will be shorter
so just use as many days as you need. However you use them I
hope you find them a valuable resource for your retreat.
Paul Beasley-Murray
January 2012

readings
from
isaiah
1.

Isaiah 40/1-11

Comfort my
people!
2.
Isaiah 40.25-31
Trust God
3.
Isaiah 42.1-9
The Lord’s Servant
4.


Isaiah 43.1-7


Your troubles will
not overwhelm
you
5. Isaiah 43.18-21


God promises new
things
6. Isaiah 49.1-7


The Lord chose me
to be his servant
7. Isaiah 50.4-11


The obedience of
the Lord’s servant
8.
John 21.15-17
Feed my sheep
9. John 21.18-22


Follow Jesus – not
others
10. Acts 20.17-38



11. Romans 8.31-39



12. Phil 3.12-14
Watch over
yourselves

Nothing can separate
us from God’s love
Run towards the goal
13. 2 Tim 4.1-5
A pastoral charge
14. Hebs 12.1-3
Look to Jesus
2
11
other readings
1. Matthew 5.3-12


True happiness in
God
2. Matthew 9.35-37


The compassion of
Jesus
3. Matthew 11.26-30
Come to me
4.
5.
6.

7.
John 8.1-11
Go and do not sin
John 12.20-26
A grain of wheat dies
John 13.1-5, 12-17

Jesus has given an
example
John 15.1-10
Remain in me
8.

Isaiah 51.1-11

God will wipe
away all tears
9. Isaiah 52.7-10
God’s messenger
10. Isaiah 52.13-53.12


The Suffering
Servant
11. Isaiah 54.1-10


God’s love for his
people
12. Isaiah 55


13. Isaiah 61.-3


God’s gracious
invitation
Good news to
deliver
14. Isaiah 66.12-14


God loves us as a
mother
10
3
readings
from
the psalms
1. Psalm 1


2. Psalm 6


True happiness is
found in God
The Lord hears my
weeping
3. Psalm 23
God is with me
4.
Psalm 25
Teach me your ways
5. Psalm 27


6. Psalm 30


7. Psalm 32


God will make me
secure
Joy comes in the
morning
You are my hiding
place
8. 2 Cor 4.13-5.10
Living by faith
9. 2 Cor 5.11-6.2


10. 2 Cor 6.3-13




11. 2 Cor 7.2-16


We are ruled by the
love of Christ
Knocked down, but
not knocked out!
Encouragement and
misunderstanding
12. 2 Cor 11.16-35
Even apostles suffer
13. 2 Cor 12.1-10


God’s grace is
sufficient
14. 2 Cor 5.11-13
A benediction
4
9
2 corinthians
readings
from
1. 2 Cor 1.3-11


God helps us in all
our troubles
2. 2 Cor 1.12-2.4
Sincerity in ministry
3. 2 Cor 2.12-17
God uses us
4. 2 Cor 3.1-6
God makes us capable
5. 2 Cor 3.12-18


God is at work in us
by his Spirit
6. 2 Cor 4.1-6


7. 2 Cor 4.7-13


We are not
discouraged

The supreme power
belongs to God
8. Psalm 34


God saves those
who have lost hope

9. Psalm 37.1-11


Be patient and wait
for the Lord
10. Psalm 42-43




11. Psalm 51


12. Psalm 62


I will put my hope
in God

Create a pure heart
in me
Be confident in
God

13. Psalm 121
God never sleeps
14. Psalm 139
God knows
8
5
readings
from
the gospel of luke
1. Luke 4.1-13
Jesus is tempted
2. Luke 4.16-30
Jesus is rejected
3. Luke 5.1-11


4. Luke 6.27-36


Jesus calls the first
disciples
Jesus calls us to love
our enemies
5. Luke 8.4-8, 11-15


The parable of the
sower
6. Luke 8.22-25
Jesus calms a storm
7. Luke 9.21-27


Jesus calls us to
follow him
8. Luke 10.38-42


One thing is
needed
9. Luke 12.22-31


Jesus calls us to
trust God


10. Luke 15.1-7


The good shepherd
seeks the lost sheep
11. Luke 22.24-30


Jesus teaches true
greatness
12. Luke 22.39-46


Jesus prays on the
Mount of Olives
13. Luke 23.32-37
Father forgive
14. Luke 24.13-35


Jesus draws
alongside




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