Kink & Faith, Part 1: What is a Lydia circle?
Welcome to part two of the Kink & Faith series to celebrate the release of Gemstone, my first book to explore the life of a naughty church lady. 😀 Gemstone is part of the Out For You series at All Romance Ebooks.
As I said yesterday, beta readers and early reviewers have pointed out some church terms that might be unfamiliar to non-churchgoers. This Kink & Faith series will explain some of them. Yesterday, I talked about a Lydia circle, or a women’s fellowship group that often does church or charity work. Gemma’s Lydia circle, of which she is the head, serves as the sole women’s fellowship group at Faith Lutheran, and it attends to the needs of the women at the church.
Today, I’ll talk about the lectionary. When Celine offers to help with the Sunday adult forum (sorry, not nearly as NSFA as the term might suggest), Gemma suggests using the lectionary.
“Oh, Celine! You startled me!” Gemma glances up from her computer, and her slight frown relaxes into a smile. “Sorry, you wanted the lesson plans for Sunday. Thanks for taking the adult forum this week. Pastor Mark said to stick to the lectionary. Every time we try to bring up something topical, Nate gets on his soapbox.”
What is a lectionary?
I’m usually careful to leave context clues, rather than giving outright definitions in a book. I don’t believe in spoon-feeding or pandering to readers who are capable, intelligent, and able to enjoy a story without pinning down every last detail. So, if you didn’t know what a Lydia circle is, you could still guess by context that it’s related to church and women.
However, I didn’t even give a context clue for the lectionary. We know from the story that it has to do with church and adults and a type of forum, but that’s it. What next?
Later, Celine refers to the lectionary in the same conversation:
“That’s okay.” I back away, leaving her to the computer and Cindy’s purchased account. “I can get the lesson plans later. Just follow the lectionary, you said?”
We get another clue here in the rough equivalent words of “lesson plans.” While a lectionary is not a lesson plan, its use here shows that it will guide discussion or planning for a forum which appears to be similar to a class. But what is a lectionary, exactly?
“Lectionary” comes from the Latin word “lectio” which means a lesson or reading. Further back, it comes from the word to read. (Think of lecture, as in a college class, or a lecturer, a teacher.) Wikipedia gives history about lectionaries, and you can find the official Revised Common Lectionary here.
Simply put, a lectionary is an official list of which Bible verses will be read out loud in churches for each week’s services. This occurs in many different types of churches. If you’re curious what it looks like at Faith Lutheran, Gemma’s church, it would be a variant of this.
This lectionary provides a three-year series of readings for Sunday starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas Day. For each Sunday and festival, three readings and a psalm are suggested and include: a Gospel reading, an Old Testament reading, and a New Testament reading. The lectionary is a work of The Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada, who produce liturgical texts for use in common by North American Christian Churches.
Each year of the Revised Common Lectionary centers on one of the synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Gospel of John is read periodically in all three years and is especially frequent in Year B.
– See more at: http://www.elca.org/lectionary#sthash.T4Rna7qo.dpuf
So, in context, Gemma is suggesting that Celine use that Sunday’s Bible verses for the adult forum discussion, rather than introducing a topic of her own. The reason given is that one of the members is loud and opinionated, and he will launch into a tirade otherwise.
If you’ve ever been in a group discussion with someone loud and opinionated, I bet you know how this will turn out. 😀
Did you know about lectionaries before today, or was this new to you?
Thank you to readers who have made Gemstone a silver star recipient on its very first day of publication! ❤
Look for a new Kink & Faith post tomorrow!
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Can lies build a foundation for love?
Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.
No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.
Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.
How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?