Lectionary at Lunch+ is a new resource from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis that pulls together all of the great lectionary resources Concordia Seminary already provides to the Church and gathers them in one easily-searchable, central location. Lectionary at Lunch audio files, Homiletical Helps from the Concordia Journal, and sermons preached in daily chapel services are just a few of the resources available, and more are being added all the time. All these resources are organized by texts, and the texts are organized by the Lectionary, so however you go about choosing what to preach each week, it's easy to find the resources you need. So take a moment and get to know how Lectionary at Lunch+ works. We pray it will prove to be a blessing to you and to your ministry.
For a brief video tour of Lectionary at Lunch+, including an overview of how to navigate and find resources, check out the video to the left.
Lectionary at Lunch+ loads by default in Calendar Mode, indicated by the icon resembling a page of a desk calendar. Here, resources and readings are linked to actual calendar dates. Search Mode, indicated by the magnifying glass, organizes resources by the texts they cover.
If your church follows one of the lectionaries every week, Calendar Mode is for you. If a date has an open book icon, then there are readings assigned for that day in one of the lectionaries covered by LAL+ (Lutheran Service Book 3-Year, Lutheran Service Book 1-Year, and Revised Common Lectionary). If the book icon also has a plus sign, then there are one or more resources available for one or more of the texts on that day. Simply click a date to bring up the lectionary and resource info.
If you are looking ahead (or backwards), you can move one week at a time forwards or backwards by clicking the arrow buttons at the bottom or top, respectively. You can also select a month and a year from the dropdowns and click "GO" to jump to the first of that month in that year. Whatever month/year combination you select, you can always jump 10 years forwards or backwards from that point.
In Calendar Mode, when you click on a day with readings available, those readings are loaded into the left sidebar. By default, each entry from a lectionary is collapsed, but you can click on it to expand it. Underneath, you'll find the texts for the given Sunday or Feast Day, along with which readings they belong to (e.g., Old Testament, Epistle, etc.). Clicking on the Scripture reference will bring up the KJV of the text in the area under the calendar along with links to the original language and the ESV translation of the text. If there are resources available for the text, you can find those under the text reference as well. For audio resources, you have the option to Download the MP3 (by right-clicking and choosing "Save As..." or your browser's equivalent) or to Listen to Audio, which, when clicked, will start playing the resource in supported browsers. Homiletical Helps and other blog resources are regular links that will open in a new tab or window depending on your browser's settings.
Whether you're preaching the lectionary or leading a Bible class or doing your own sermon series, there are times when it would be helpful just to see everything that relates to a given text. This is the idea behind Search Mode. Put a Scripture reference into the search field, press Enter (or click the magnifying glass), and any Concordia Seminary resources that relate to the text (even marginally) will appear below. Click on one of these to display the resource and the text it covers in the right panel.
You may notice on the site that we're displaying the King James Version when you click on a text. Why is that, you ask? Simply put, the KJV - while old - is in the public domain, meaning we can display it on our site for free without needing to obtain permission. Translations like the ESV (and even certain critical versions of the original language texts), while being fine translations, are under copyright. Thus, in order to be good stewards of the resources given us at Concordia Seminary, we have opted to merely link out to other sites who have already obtained permission to display these other versions. While we realize it would be nice to embed these texts in our page, we hope you can graciously overlook the inconvenience of having to open another site so that we can continue to use the resources God has given us wisely while providing this service to the Church at no cost.