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Yesterday, I featured posts from Not Another Episcopal Church Blog (see Blogroll, left-hand column), where the finest moments come in discussions on the Lectionary — Scripture readings — for public worship.

Each post has a full explanation of what was — and wasn’t — read.  Please do not miss out on these fine expositions.

Yea, and verily, we churchgoers are missing out on the finer nuances of the Bible.  You might just think I’m the only one carping, but read this … (emphases mine) … [ellipses just for an emphatic pause, no omissions]:

‘Funding Evil: A fool and his Money’ (on Hebrews 11:4-7 — read the post):

There is so much good stuff in there that I have to wonder if we indeed are guilty of a great sin by omitting verses for whatever reason, be it in the interest of shortening the service, or trying to focus on one theme, or what I suspect, and that is to minimize people’s exposure to talk about sin and judgement.

A reader, R Sherman, responds:

That seems to be the trend these days, i.e. eliminate the “icky” stuff that makes us all feel bad and examine our lives in light of God’s Word, which, alas, could cause a change in behavior and a rejection of our current shepherds’ pronouncements.

Around the end of October 2010, we had a reading from 2 Thessalonians 1.  Our blogger wonders what happened to verses 5 – 10:

It should be obvious that those verses contain taboo words. “Judgement”, “repay with affliction”, “flaming fire”, “vengence”, punishment”, and “eternal destruction” are possibilities to which the average Sunday visitor to church shouldn’t be exposed.

Stripped of this language, the letter loses its punch

Please read the blog for the full impact, which, of course, cites the omitted Scripture.

And, at the Advent Pageant, more lessons — as well as the Creed and Confessions of Sins — were lost to the four winds, as it were.

I didn’t hear any complaints, but IMHO those are so very important that their omission must be noted.

Thankfully, I had a private confession with the Lord before the service, but I always worry about coming to the Lord’s table unrepentant …

Enough said.  If this isn’t encouragement enough to read the Bible privately or in a family setting, what is?

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