We've made the switch for 2014, too…
Rev. Mark Surgburg has an excellent blog post explaining why he switched from using the three year lectionary to using the the one year lectionary. It's the best thing I've ever read on this subject and avoids some of the romanticized reasons for using the one year lectionary. My use of the one year lectionary when I was a parish pastor was purely selfish and pragmatic. I enjoyed being able quickly to check out how the Early Church Fathers and Martin Luther and other faithful, orthodox Lutherans preached on the texts I would have to preach on. Mark Surburg provides even better reasons in his post. Oh, and of course, you can add one more excellent reason to use the one year lectionary, Concordia Publishing House now offers a full line of full color bulletins to support the One Year Lectionary, using traditional art. We also offer a complete set of downloadable bulletin inserts that support the one year lectionary.
I'd like to hear from pastors who have decided to use the one year lectionary as to why they are using it, and I'd like to hear from pastors who have decided to use it.
Let's have your confessions!
Here's a little taste:
If you had told me ten years ago that I would be using the one year lectionary today, I would have said that you were crazy. I had experienced the one year lectionary as a boy. However, in 1982 my home congregation purchased Lutheran Worship and began using the three year lectionary that came out with the new hymnal. I was twelve years old, and from that moment all the way through my training at the seminary I was in congregations that used the three year lectionary. From the age when I was old enough to know anything about the existence of a lectionary, the three year lectionary was the only one I experienced.