Matthew 5:1-20

Psalm 1:1-3

Liturgical Color: Green

Like last week, we find a cross-over between the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative lectionary. This week’s passage of the Beatitudes in Matthew can be found in the RCL for All Saints Day Year A, B, C, and Epiphany 4 Year A, so there is no lack of resources available.

This week I want to draw your attention to Word to Worship, a great source if you use contemporary worship songs in your service. Featuring great search abilities, users can find related songs by keyword, theme, and scripture. Word to Worship is a free resource for worship planners and is a community project where users of the site are encouraged to add songs, themes, scripture references, and personal comments. If you use even one contemporary worship song in your service, you will want to bookmark this great resource!


Commentary/Exegesis/Sermon Prep


ATLAS Articles for the text this week



Recommendations from Working Preacher

This little light of mine ELW 670/trad.

Here in this place (Gather us in) ELW 532, GG 401

Longing for light, we wait in darkness (Christ, be our light) GG314, ELW715

Recommendations from Word to Worship (Contemporary Worship Songs based on Scripture)

Unwavering by Matt Maher

Blessed Are the Humble by Graham Kendrick. As performed by Graham Kendrick

Light of the World by Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, et al. As performed by Lauren Daigle

People of God by Brandon Gillies, Israel Houghton, et al. As performed by Gungor.

Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman,, Beth Redman.

Mighty to Save by Ben Fielding, Ruben Morgan.

Count Your Blessings by Edwin Othello Excell, Johnson Oatman Jr..

Click here for even more!


Recommendations from Working Preacher

Blessed are you, William Beckstrand

Bookmark Worthy Resources is a great site to start your week. I recommend starting with the Narrative Lectionary Podcast! Featuring Professors from Luther Seminary that have brought together biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians, and pastors to produce resources like the weekly podcast, commentary articles, hymn, and choral recommendations, to name a few. You will want to ensure this is one of your first weekly stops as you develop your worship service and sermon.  

Pulpit Fiction Podcast is another do-not-miss podcast! Covering both the RCL and the Narrative lectionaries you will want to bookmark this site for sure.

Clergy Stuff shares worship planning resources for churches, congregations, and leaders, as well as daily devotions, using the Narrative Lectionary. Need some visuals? Check out their FREE Narrative Lectionary 2022-2023 Poster. Looking for a way to engage children and youth in the text? Consider purchasing their Kids Stuff bulletin insert.

Spill the Beans from Scotland offers great intergenerational worship resources! Their latest issue includes Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany resources for around $15 and can bev downloaded immediately. Wondering if it's worth it? Check out the generous sample from their latest issue.

Rev-o-lution by Rev. Mindi offers weekly commentary, prayers, and additional worship elements.

Narrative Lectionary Facebook Group is hands down worth your time. This private group of church folks using the NL is a wealth of information and a great place to share your questions.

Not familiar with the Narrative Lectionary?

Click here to check out a great Q&A page from Spirit & Truth Publishing!


Rev. Erica Van Brakle is a Director of MinistrElife at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, with years of experience in ministry roles. She is passionate about connecting ministry professionals to collaborate who share a sense of call, and making ministrElife the platform that ministry professionals rely on to do the work that God has called them to.

Photo Credit: Church of the Beatitudes, Israel, Stephen Ashburn