I recently asked this question on Facebook, “What Bible reading plan are you using in 2014?”. In the answers one of the staff members at the Franklin Vineyard Church shared what they are doing in this New Year – the Moravian Text.
I have decided to use the Moravian Text as my Bible reading plan for 2014. I invite you to join me in using this plan for 2014.
I had never heard of the Moravian Text. I did some research and discovered that these readings have been used for hundreds of years. Check out the history here.
The Daily Texts is a daily devotional guide published yearly since 1731. It is the oldest such guide in continuous use. Begun in Germany as a daily oral tradition, it soon became a regularly printed set of texts for each day of the year.
The texts are chosen yearly in Germany for use in all editions of the Daily Texts throughout the world. The Old Testament text is chosen by lot from a collection of about 2,000 appropriate texts. The New Testament text is then selected to expand on the Old Testament text, to give some point of Christian doctrine or to match with the special celebrations of the church year. In the American edition, appropriate hymn verses and prayers are added for each day and chosen by designated writers of varying ages, both lay and clergy, for each month.
The more that I look into the Moravian Text, the more I’m excited to use it in 2014.
Here is the contents for each daily reading:
1. SCRIPTURE LESSONS: At the top of each page for ongoing study. Not related to the printed texts. Monday through Saturday are part of a plan to read through the Psalms in one year and the rest of the Bible in two. Sundays and special days are the assigned lessons for that day of the church year from the Moravian Revised Common Lectionary, also common to many denominations.
2. WATCHWORD FOR THE DAY: From the Old Testament, the first printed text. It is to be a “watchword” to accompany you throughout the day. Usually a promise, encouragement, admonition, or comfort.
3. HYMN VERSES: Broken down by meter and usually related to the watchword or theme for the day. It is a devotional response or commentary on the text. Can be used for prayers.
4. DOCTRINAL TEXT: From the New Testament. Usually contains some point of Christian doctrine to expand on the watchword.
5. PRAYER: A response to God of praise, confession, thanksgiving, or intercession in light of the texts and hymn verses.
Every Sunday and some church holidays, the Daily Texts page will include the WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK/HOLIDAY. Like the daily watchword, the weekly/holiday text is to accompany the reader throughout the week or holiday and is related to the events of the church year. These differ every year based upon the lectionary cycle.
You can read more about how to use the Moravian Text here.
If you would like to get the daily reading sent to your email, you can sign up here.
If you would like to order a book with the texts or a journal, you can do so here.
I invite you to join me on this journey in 2014. If you would like to read along with me, please let me know in the comments below.
It would be awesome to form an encouragement and accountability group of people on this journey.
May you have a blessed new year!