Churches following the Revised Common Lectionary (Messiah included) are about to embark on the year of Matthew. Almost all of the Gospel of Matthew will be read during worship over twelve month's time beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 27.
In preparation for the year of Matthew, the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Group is reading through the entirety of Matthew over a six-week period starting October 18. There is no homework other than to read 4-5 chapters of the gospel per week using this reading schedule. (The readings for each Tuesday are also posted on the daily calendar maintained on this site.) Everyone is welcome to participate ... and first-time guests get their breakfast paid by Pr. Peter!
Messiah's Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant has to leave for work, usually around 7:05 to 7:10am. The group meets throughout the year and regularly alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes, The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, and Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles.