New Hope United Methodist Church



New Hope United Methodist Church (UMC) is a Lectionary based church.

Just what is a Lectionary church? According to the United Methodist Book of Worship, the Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of readings for every week in the Christian year that is a “tool for voluntary use in planning and leading worship.” Over the three-year period, about 80 percent of the Bible is covered. Year A begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, etc. Year B begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, etc. Year C begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018, etc.

Each Sunday’s readings typically include one passage each from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles and Gospels, and the readings follow the outline of the Christian year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. At New Hope United Methodist Church we usually use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

The Revised Common Lectionary was created in 1992 and is used by many Protestant denominations around the world, including the Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Methodist churches. That’s one of its advantages. When parishioners read the lectionary text, they are reading the same text as many others in Protestant churches throughout the English-speaking world and beyond.

Adopting the Common Lectionary at New Hope UMC has shaped the form and content of worship. Hymns, prayers, anthems, and sermons all take on a unity that is centered on the readings for the day. The Lectionary provides a balance in preaching and worship, ensuring that the major themes of the Christian faith are addressed each year. The Lectionary offers a universal dimension to each week’s worship since so many traditions use the same scriptures. Even Bible study materials have been developed using the Lectionary format.

As our Pastor said, “What a wonderful way to bring the scriptures a bit closer to our hearts…read the weekly lections prior to coming to church on Sunday.”


Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will be in service to the needs of people in the
community of New Hope and beyond.
   Enter to worship – – Depart to serve.

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New Hope United Methodist Church     2098 New Hope Road | Hertford, NC 27944
This page was last updated Monday, January 25, 2020.