Episode #005 – First Sunday after Christmas (30 December 2018)

Melissa and Pastor Kevin read through and discuss the readings for this first Sunday after Christmas.  

Follow along with us: 

Torah portion:    Exodus 13:1–3a, 11–15

Old Testament Prophet:   Nehemiah 10:35-37

Psalter:    Psalm 111

New Testament Epistle:   Colossians 3:12–17

Gospel Readings:   Luke 2:22–40




Episode #004 – Fourth Sunday in Advent (23 December 2018)

Melissa and Pastor Kevin read through and discuss the readings for this fourth Sunday of the church year.  

Follow along with us: 

Torah portion:   Deut. 28:1-6

Old Testament Prophet:   Micah 5:2–5a

Psalter:   Psalm 80:1–7

New Testament Epistle:   Heb. 10:5–10

Gospel Readings:   Luke 1:39–45 (46–56)

Episode #003 – Third Sunday in Advent (16 December 2018)

Melissa and Pastor Kevin read through and discuss the readings for this third Sunday of the church year.  

Follow along with us: 

Torah portion:  Exodus 6:28–7:7

Old Testament Prophet:  Zephaniah 3:14–20

Psalter:  Psalm 85

New Testament Epistle:  Phil. 4:4–7

Gospel Readings:  Luke 7:18–35

Episode #002 – Second Sunday in Advent (9 December 2018)

Melissa and Pastor Kevin read through and discuss the readings for this second Sunday of the church year.  

Follow along with us: 

Torah portion:  Exodus 6:1-8

Old Testament Prophet:  Malachi 3:1-7b

Psalter:  Psalm 66:1-12

New Testament Epistle:  Philippians 1:2-11

Gospel Readings:  Luke 3:1–14 (15–20)

Episode #001 – First Sunday in Advent (2 December 2018)

Melissa talks with Pastor Kevin about the season of Advent in general, and they read through and discuss the readings for this first Sunday of the church year.  

Follow along with us:

Torah portion:  Exodus 33:12-23 

Old Testament Prophet:  Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalter:  Psalm 25:1-10 

New Testament Epistle:  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 

Gospel Readings:  Luke 19:28-40 and Luke 21:25-36

(We are still working out the technical kinks. The last portion had to be spliced a little, and there was no recording of the Psalm, unfortunately.  Thanks for bearing with us; it is definitely a work in progress!).

Episode #000 – Welcome to Rhythm of Life!

Welcome to the first episode of Rhythm of Life!

Rhythm of Life is a scriptural celebration of the life of Christ and His church, using the Common Lectionary.  In this inaugural episode, Rev. Kevin Parviz of Congregation Chai v’Shalom (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) in St. Louis, Missouri, sat down with parishioner Melissa Trippeer to discuss the beauty and efficacy of the annual celebration of Jesus’ life as given in the Holy Scriptures.  They each relate their love and appreciation for the pattern of the church year as outlined by the scripture portions given in the Common Lectionary.  Pastor Kevin explains the format of the lectionary he developed for use at Chai v’Shalom, drawing on the familiar pattern of Hebrew readings he experienced growing up in Judaism.

To read along with us, click here for the calendar of yearly readings.

For more information about the use of color throughout the church year, click here.

If you really want to deep dive into the history of lectionaries, click here.