"Liturgy Alerts” is offered for use by parishes of all denominations. The Revised Common Lectionary is the reference source for the weekly readings. Occasionally the readings will differ from one denomination to another.* In addition to the modifications suggested here, visitors may want to consult another site, 'sermonswithoutprejudice.org'.
Not every Sunday contains troubling texts; on those dates we will post this sentence: "No liturgy alert is being issued for the these texts."
For those parishes wishing to change the text, please cut and paste the edited text into your bulletin; or enlarge it for use at the lectern.
Texts identified here as needing changes may contain wording and/or ideas that express anti-Judaism or sexism or contain words with meanings that are misleading to people who are not as familiar with the texts as life-long Christians may be. Suggested alternative wordings have been chosen primarily to eliminate anti-Judaism and/or to make the meaning of the texts more clear.
In many cases, although not all, the wording suggested is drawn from the writings of Dr. Norman A. Beck, distinguished Professor at Texas Lutheran Seminary, especially his book, The New Testament: A New Translation and Redaction. Lima, Ohio: Fairway Press, 2001, fourth printing 2007.
Dr. Beck has given his permission for this use. We are indebted to his scholarship and very grateful to have his outstanding work to refer to. All are encouraged to read Dr. Beck’s translation and redaction of the New Testament as well as the following works of his:
- MatureChristianity in the 21st Century: The Recognition and Repudiation of Anti-Jewish Polemic of the New Testament. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, New Expanded and Revised Edition 1994
- Anti-Roman Cryptograms in the New Testament: Symbolic Messages of Hope and Liberation. (Westminster College Library of Biblical Symbolism, vol. 1) New York, Peter Lang Publishing, 1997
Those who refer to or use Liturgy Alerts are welcome to send suggestions or corrections. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, users are free to use only those changes they choose for any given text.
* NOTE: The Episcopal Lectionary is based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Most often, the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic and other churches are using the same lessons, with slight variations. The lessons presented here follow the Episcopal form of the Revised Common Lectionary. If you are a member of one of the other denominations, these may also be your lessons, but (!) double check before you base a sermon on them.