GUIDELINES FOR READING SCRIPTURE
In this parish, as with most of the Episcopal Church, we follow the Revised Common Lectionary in both Sunday Reading and daily reading of Bible. The lessons to be heard on the folowing Sunday are printed in our bulletin each week in hopes parishioners might look at those lessons prior to the next Sunday worship. Having read the lessons and thought about them in advance of the worship time lets people hear the lesson and sermon in the context of their week and with some knowledge of what is being talked about in the worship setting. Good Bibles to read from are Oxford’s New Revised Standard Bible (NRSV), Harper’s Study Bible (also NRSV), or even the old favorites such as the King James Version (KJV) or the Good News Bible. It is best to stay away from Bible paraphrases such as The Living Bible for they are not translations but someone’s interpretation of what the Bible says. The New International Version (NIV) is a translation but with an evangelical interpretation woven into it. This is not a bad thing but the reader should be aware of this bias.
Reading Holy Scripture
Here are some preliminary questions that can inform a thoughtful reading of Scripture:
- What does this passage say to me now?