Sunday Lesson Sermon Prep
Sunday Lesson Sermon Prep with Susan St.John, MDiv. This group discusses the upcoming Sunday's Bible Lessons in the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of weekly Bible passages used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. We meet to help ministers and spiritual leaders prepare Sunday sermons from the perspective of Metaphysical Bible Interpretation.
Susan St.John, MDiv, leads the discussion. She is a Fillmore Bible Society member and Coordinator of Worship and Pastoral Care at MacNeill Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ontario. Rev. Mark Hicks, Fillmore Bible Society member and Founder of TruthUnity, co-hosts the group.
We meet Monday mornings at 10am Eastern Time via Zoom. All who are interested in Metaphysical Bible Interpretation are welcome. This is an interactive discussion group. We encourage participants to read and consider the metaphysical meaning of the passages before joining in and to turn on video when joining.
The lectionary Bible passages are listed on the Fillmore Bible Society Metaphysical Lectionary page and at The Revised Common Lectionary, a Service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.
FBS Metaphysical Lectionary
Readings are available at The Revised Common Lectionary, a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. They offer a weekly calendar feed for Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal. We use this feed for our weekly readings.
2023/04/02 • Liturgy of the Palms
Matthew 21:1-11 • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
2023/04/02 • Liturgy of the Passion
Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 • Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 31:9-16 • Philippians 2:5-11
2023/04/02-07 • Isaiah’s Servant Songs (Ella Pomeroy’s Overview)
Isaiah 42:1-9 • Isaiah 49:1-7 • Isaiah 50:4-9a • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
2023/03/26 • Fifth Sunday in Lent
The soul that waits on Spirit is awakened from sleep (John), released from the grave (Ezekiel), redeemed in love (Psalms), and revived in body (Romans)
John 11:1-45 • Ezekiel 37:1-14 • Psalm 130 • Romans 8:6-11
2023/03/19 • Fourth Sunday in Lent
Spiritual Understanding of the providence of God comes by cleansing (John), listening (1 Samuel), meditation (Psalms), and obedience (Ephesians)
John 9:1-41 • 1 Samuel 16:1-13 • Psalm 23 • Ephesians 5:8-14
2023/03/05 • Second Sunday in Lent
Faith awakens by lifting human consciousness (John and Matthew) to a higher place (Psalms) and responding, like Abraham, to what is revealed (Genesis and Romans)
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9 • Genesis 12:1-4a • Psalm 121 • Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
2023/02/26 • First Sunday in Lent
The devil will leave us and the angels will serve us (Matthew) when we see more good than evil (Genesis), we confess our sins (Psalms) and we accept the grace of God (Romans)
Matthew 4:1-11 • Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 • Psalm 32 • Romans 5:12-19
2023/02/19 • Transfiguration Sunday
We are transfigured (Matthew) in Silence and Light (Exodus), Holiness (Psalms), and the morning star of majesty (2 Peter)
Matthew 17:1-9 • Exodus 24:12-18 • Psalm 2 or Psalm 99 • 2 Peter 1:16-21
2023/02/12 • Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
We choose life or death with words (Matthew), actions (Deuteronomy), intentions (Psalms), and relationships (Corinthians)
Matthew 5:21-37 • Deuteronomy 30:15-20 • Psalm 119:1-8 • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
2023/02/05 • Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Our new life lets go of strife and contention (Isaiah), establishes a new heart (Psalms), establishes our Christ mind (1 Corinthians), and gives salt and light to all humanity (Matthew)
Matthew 5:13-20 • Isaiah 58:1-9 • Psalm 112:1-9 • 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
2023/01/29 • Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
The journey with God begins with a union of feeling and will (Micah), requires steadfastness with Yahweh (Psalms), appears foolish to the intellect (1 Corinthians), and leads to unimagined blessing (Matthew)
Matthew 5:1-12 • Micah 6:1-8 • Psalm 15 • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
2023/01/22 • Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Spiritual understanding (light) has dawned in consciousness (Matthew), so we rejoice (Isaiah), we are confident (Psalms) and we are of one mind (1 Corinthians)
Matthew 4:12-23 • Isaiah 9:1-4 • Psalm 27:1,4-9 • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
2023/01/15 • Second Sunday after the Epiphany
We are redeemed by our words and thoughts (Isaiah). So we order them (Psalms), we refine our affections (Corinthians) and trust Holy Spirit to do its saving work in us (John)
Isaiah 49:1-7 • Psalm 40:1-11 • 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 • John 1:29-42
2023/01/01 • First Sunday after Christmas Day
God is our savior in all afflictions (Isaiah), so we must praise God in all conditions (Psalms). We can be made perfect through all sufferings (Hebrews), so we trust God to protect us in all times of danger (Matthew).
Isaiah 63:7-9 • Psalm 148 • Hebrews 2:10-18 • Matthew 2:13-23