Bruce Laverman

Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

Evangelectionary for Sunday, July 9

Texts: Sunday, July 6, 2014, Genesis 25:19-34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45:10-17 (or Song of Song 2:8-13; or Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Message:  “Come to Me!” Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 When Jesus says , “My yoke is easy,” he means it fits, it’s appropriate, it is right for us.  Because the […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, May 7th

Fourth Sunday of Easter:  Acts 2: 42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 Message:  “The Good Shepherd” Have you ever seen, on video or, even better, in person, the Navajo shepherd herding their sheep in Monument Valley?  Well, on the reservation the role of the shepherd of the sheep has not changed that much […]

Evangelectionary for Easter Sunday, April 16

Here’s an early Easter gift from Bruce Laverman: Lectionary Sources: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10 Theme: Who is the Jesus you’re looking for today? Message: “Who Are You Looking For?” Jesus asks Mary Magdalene the question in the garden cemetery on the morning of His resurrection. Jesus encounters us today in the midst […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday

Texts: Palm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21: 1-11, Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 Message:  “Who is This?” In spite of all the excitement of the scene, in spite of the shouting and the singing and the tossing of coats and hats in the air and the waving of […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 12, Second Sunday in Lent

Texts: Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9 Message: “Listen to Him!” Now when God is directly quoted, we who read better pay attention!  This word directly from God Himself was first for the disciples who were present, but the synoptic gospel  writers intended that it also be heard by all […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday January 8, 2017

Lectionary Texts (Year A): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 Focus Text: Matthew 3:13-17 (with support from Isaiah 42:1-9) Theme: The Transforming Servant Reflection: “Remember your baptism!” In many churches this Sunday, Martin Luther’s famous words will resonate in a special way, calling us to anchor ourselves in that initial moment of God’s public claim on our lives. But […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, January 1st, 2017, Second Sunday after Christmas

Texts:  Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:1-9, 10-18 Message:  “Don’t Leave Home Without It!” Remember those who left home, but not without hope: Abraham, Israel (exile), Joseph and Mary, Jesus, Apostle Paul, Jews of the dispersion, immigrants, including those who came to America and still are coming.  Remember the times in our own […]