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Does Salem use the Revised Common Lectionary on Sundays? Where do you get the scripture readings for worship and preaching? 

Good question.  Salem uses the “Narrative Lectionary.” The Narrative Lectionary is a newer four-year cycle of bible readings. On Sundays from September through May each year the texts used follow the sweep of the biblical story (narrative), from Creation through the early Christian church. The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul.  Listening to the many different voices within scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith. The texts were selected that lead well to the proclamation of what God is doing in the world. The stories tell of hope and disappointment, suffering and redemption. In all these varied contexts we find God dealing with the complexities of human life with an emphasis on God’s extravagant love for all of us.