The essential pastoral companion for preaching The New Proclamation series helps preachers write better sermons -- from Advent through Pentecost. It offers creative links to literature, spirituality, and the sociocultural scene in addition to historical and exegetical reflections on all the biblical texts. The format assists those using the Revised Common Lectionary, the Roman Catholic lectionary, and the Episcopal lectionary (BCP): 1. Reader-friendly workbook design for easy note-taking and lay-flat binding for hands-free usage. 2. Poetry, literature, and narrative highlight dimensions of the liturgical season and day. 3. Discusses the present-day cultural context as it relates to the biblical texts.