Lectionary Readings

Lectionary Readings for 2016

March 6                      Fourth Sunday in Lent

Joshua 5:9–12 The Israelites keep passover at Gilgal; God rolls away their disgrace.
Psalm 32                     Happy are those whose sin is forgiven; be glad, rejoice in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:16–21 In Christ there is a new creation; everything old has passed away.
Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32   The parable of the prodigal son; he was lost and has been found.

March 13                    Fifth Sunday in Lent

Isaiah 43:16–21           I am about to do a new thing, says the Lord; do you perceive it?
Psalm 126                   When the Lord restored our fortunes, we shouted with joy.
Philippians 3:4b–14     Knowing Christ Jesus as Lord, I regard everything else as loss.
John 12:1–8                 At the home of Lazarus, Mary anoints Jesus feet with perfume.

March 20                    Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms
Luke 19:28–40             Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt; the disciples praise God with joy.
Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4–9a             The Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty?
Psalm 31:9–16            Be gracious, Lord; my enemies assail me; my life is in your hand.
Philippians 2:5–11       Seek the mind of Christ, who was humble, but exalted by God.
Luke 22:14—23:56      After the Passover meal, Jesus is betrayed, tried, and crucified.
or Luke 23:1–49 [abbreviated reading] Jesus is tried and crucified.

March 24                    Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1–4 (5–10) 11–14 Before the Exodus, the Lord gives instructions for the Passover.
Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19            What shall I return to the Lord? I will lift the cup of salvation.
1 Corinthians 11:23–26           Paul recounts and interprets the tradition of the Lord’s Supper.
John 13:1–17, 31b–35             Jesus washes the disciples’ feet and gives a new commandment.

March 25                    Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13—53:12    The innocent servant suffers; surely he has borne our sin.
Psalm 22                     A desperate prayer of lament turns to thanksgiving and praise.
Hebrews 10:16–25      Jesus opens the sanctuary for us; trust in him, for he is faithful.
or Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9    In Jesus, we have a great high priest who knows our weakness.
John 18:1—19:42        Jesus is arrested, put on trial, crucified, and buried.

March 27                    Resurrection of the Lord /Easter

Acts 10:34–43 Peter testifies to Jesus’ death and resurrection; Jesus is Lord of all.
or Isaiah 65:17–25      God promises a new creation, where all creatures will live in safety.
Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24            I will not die, I will live; this is the day that the Lord has made.
1 Corinthians 15:19–26           As death came through Adam, resurrection comes through Christ.
or Acts 10:34–43         Peter testifies to Jesus’ death and resurrection; Jesus is Lord of all.
John 20:1–18               At the empty tomb, the risen Lord appears to Mary Magdalene.
or Luke 24:1–12          Women find Jesus’ tomb empty; he has been raised from the dead.

April 3

Acts 5:27–32               Peter stands trial before the council: we must obey God.
Psalm 118:14–29        The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
or Psalm 150               Praise the Lord! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Revelation 1:4–8         Jesus is coming; I am the Alpha and Omega, says the Lord.
John 20:19–31             Jesus shares the Holy Spirit; a week later, he appears to Thomas.

April 10

Acts 9:1–6 (7–20)        On the road to Damascus, Saul sees a blinding light and is converted.
Psalm 30                     O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; my soul praises you.
Revelation 5:11–14     The choirs of heaven sing: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain! Amen!
John 21:1–19               A miraculous catch of fish; Jesus tells Simon Peter: Feed my sheep.

April 17

Acts 9:36–43               Peter raises Tabitha from the dead; many believe in the Lord.
Psalm 23                     The Lord is my shepherd, leading, protecting, and feeding me.
Revelation7:9–17        The redeemed worship at the throne of the Lamb, their shepherd.
John 10:22–30             Jesus says: My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.

April 24

Acts 11:1–18               Peter has a vision about unclean food; God’s gift of life is for all.
Psalm 148                   Praise the Lord, all creation! God is exalted in heaven and earth.
Revelation 21:1–6       A new heaven and earth; a holy city; God’s home is among mortals.
John 13:31–35             Jesus gives a new commandment: love one another as I love you.

May 1

Acts 16:9–15               Hearing Paul in Macedonia, Lydia and her household are baptized.
Psalm 67                     May God be gracious and bless us; let the whole earth praise God.
Revelation 21:10,        A vision of the holy city; the river of life flows from God’s throne.
22—22:5
John 14:23–29             Jesus says: Keep my word; the Spirit will teach you; I give you peace.
or John 5:1–9              At the pool of Beth-zatha in Jerusalem, Jesus heals a paralyzed man.

May 5                          Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1–11                 Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascends into heaven.
Psalm 47                     Clap, shout, and sing with joy: the Lord reigns over all the earth.
or Psalm 93                 The Lord reigns in majesty, high above the mighty waters.
Ephesians 1:15–23      Christ is seated at God’s right hand, above every earthly power.
Luke 24:44–53             Jesus interprets the Scriptures; then he is carried up into heaven.

May 8                          Mother’s Day

Acts 16:16–34             Paul and Silas are arrested, but an earthquake destroys the prison.
Psalm 97                     The Lord reigns over all the earth; light dawns for the righteous.
Revelation 22:12–14, The Lord says: See, I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
16–17, 20–21
John 17:20–26             Jesus prays that his disciples may be one as he is one with the Father.

May 15                        Pentecost

Acts 2:1–21                 On the day of Pentecost, God pours out the Spirit upon the earth.
or Genesis 11:1–9       At the tower of Babel, the Lord confuses the languages of the earth.
Psalm 104:24–34, 35b The Lord of creation sends forth the Spirit to renew the earth.
Romans 8:14–17         In the Spirit, we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.
or Acts 2:1–21             On the day of Pentecost, God pours out the Spirit upon the earth.
John 14:8–17 (25–27) Jesus and the Father are one; the Father will send the Holy Spirit.

May 22                        Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31 Does not wisdom call? I was present at the beginning of creation.
Psalm 8 O                    Sovereign Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Romans 5:1–5             God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
John 16:12–15             Jesus says: The Spirit will guide you; all that the Father has is mine.

May 29

Semicontinuous
1 Kings 18:20–21         Elijah defeats the prophets of Baal in a contest; the Lord is God.
(22–29) 30–39
Psalm 96                     Sing a new song to the Lord; all other gods are merely idols.
Complementary
1 Kings 8:22–23, 41–43 Solomon prays at the Lord’s altar: foreigners will hear of your name.
Psalm 96:1–9              Sing a new song to the Lord; all the earth will declare God’s glory.
Galatians 1:1–12         Paul writes the Galatians: the gospel I proclaim is from Jesus Christ.
Luke 7:1–10                 Jesus heals the slave of a centurion and praises the centurion’s faith.

June 5

Semicontinuous
1 Kings 17:8–16 (17–24) A widow at Zarephath feeds Elijah; the grain and oil do not run out.
Psalm 146                   Happy are those who put their trust in the Lord, the God of Jacob.
Complementary
1 Kings 17:17–24         In Zarephath, the prophet Elijah raises a widow’s son from the dead.
Psalm 30                     O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; my soul praises you.
Galatians 1:11–24       Paul tells of his earlier life, and his call to preach to the Gentiles.
Luke 7:11–17               Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead; a great prophet has come.

June 12

Semicontinuous
1 Kings 21:1–10           Jezebel conspires to kill Naboth and take possession of his vineyard.
(11–14) 15–21a
Psalm 5:1–8               Hear my cry, O Lord; the wicked will not stand; lead me in your way.
Complementary
2 Samuel 11:26—12:10, Nathan tells the story of a stolen lamb and convicts David of his sin.
13–15
Psalm 32                     Happy are those whose sins are forgiven; be glad in the Lord.
Galatians 2:15–21       I have been crucified with Christ; now it is Christ who lives in me.
Luke 7:36—8:3            A woman anoints Jesus’ feet; he forgives her sins and lauds her faith.

June 19                       Father’s Day

Semicontinuous
1 Kings 19:1–4 (5–7)   Elijah meets God—not in wind, earthquake, or fire—but in silence.
8–15a
Psalm 42 and 43         My soul longs for you, O God; where are you? My hope is in you.
Complementary
Isaiah 65:1–9               The Lord says: I will repay their iniquity, but I will not destroy them.
Psalm 22:19–28          The Lord did not despise or forsake me; I will praise the Lord.
Galatians 3:23–29       In Christ there is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female.
Luke 8:26–39               Jesus casts out a man’s demons and they enter a herd of swine.

June 26

Semicontinuous
2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14     Elijah is taken to heaven in a whirlwind; Elisha picks up his mantle.
Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20  You work wonders, O God; you make a path through the waters.
Complementary
1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21 Elisha leaves his family and his oxen to follow the prophet Elijah.
Psalm 16                     Protect me, O God; you show me the path of life and fullness of joy.
Galatians 5:1, 13–25   Christ has set us free; live by the Spirit, not the desires of the flesh.
Luke 9:51–62               Jesus turns toward Jerusalem and warns those who would follow him.

July 3

Semicontinuous
2 Kings 5:1–14             Elisha tells Naaman to wash in the Jordan; he is cured of leprosy.
Psalm 30                     O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; my soul praises you.
Complementary
Isaiah 66:10–14           Rejoice with Jerusalem; I will bless and comfort her, says the Lord.
Psalm 66:1–9              Make a joyful noise to God; come and see what God has done.
Galatians 6:(1–6) 7–16 Bear one another’s burdens; in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.
Luke 10:1–11, 16–20   Jesus appoints seventy, sending them out as laborers into the harvest.

July 10

Semicontinuous
Amos 7:7–17               Amos has a vision of the Lord, standing by a wall with a plumb line.
Psalm 82                     God stands in judgment, giving justice to the poor, weak, and lowly.
Complementary
Deuteronomy 30:9–14 The word is near to you, in your mouth and heart for you to observe.
Psalm 25:1–10            Lead me in your truth, O Lord, and teach me; you are my salvation.
Colossians 1:1–14       To the Colossians: we pray that you lead lives worthy of the Lord.
Luke 10:25–37             The great commandment and a good Samaritan: who is my neighbor?

July 17

Semicontinuous
Amos 8:1–12               The end has come; the Lord condemns those who prey on the needy.
Psalm 52                     Why do you boast of your evil? God will uproot and destroy you.
Complementary
Genesis 18:1–10a        Three visitors appear to Abraham; soon Sarah will have a son.
Psalm 15                     Who may abide in God’s tent? Only those who do what is right.
Colossians 1:15–28     Christ is the image of the invisible God; now the mystery is revealed.
Luke 10:38–42             Mary sits and listens to Jesus, while Martha is busy with many tasks.

July 24

Semicontinuous
Hosea 1:2–10              The Lord commands Hosea to take a wife and bear children.
Psalm 85                     Will you be angry with us forever, O Lord? Show your steadfast love.
Complementary
Genesis 18:20–32        Abraham intercedes with the Lord to spare the city of Sodom.
Psalm 138                   I give you thanks, O Lord; though I walk in trouble, you deliver me.
Colossians 2:6–15       Live your lives in the faith of Christ; do not let anyone condemn you.
(16–19)
Luke 11:1–13               Jesus teaches the disciples to pray, and teaches them about prayer.

July 31

Semicontinuous
Hosea 11:1–11            When Israel was a child, I loved him; how could I give him up now?
Psalm 107:1–9, 43      Give thanks to the Lord, who gathers up and redeems the lost.
Complementary
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; What do mortals gain from their toil under the sun? All is vanity.
2:18–23
Psalm 49:1–12            The gift of life has no price; the great and the lowly will all perish.
Colossians 3:1–11       If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.
Luke 12:13–21             Be on guard against greed; life does not come from your possessions.

August 7

Semicontinuous
Isaiah 1:1, 10–20         Wash yourselves clean; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice.
Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23 God speaks and summons the earth: Gather to me my faithful ones!
Complementary
Genesis 15:1–6            God promises Abram many descendants; Abram believes the Lord.
Psalm 33:12–22          Happy are those whose God is the Lord; God is our help and hope.
Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; Abraham is an example.
Luke 12:32–40             Where your treasure is, there is your heart also; be alert and ready.

August 14

Semicontinuous
Isaiah 5:1–7                 My vineyard has yielded wild grapes; now I will break down its wall.
Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19    Have regard for the vine you planted, O Lord; save and restore us!
Complementary
Jeremiah 23:23–29     Who can hide from me? My word is like fire, says the Lord.
Psalm 82                     God stands in judgment; rise up, O God, to judge the earth!
Hebrews 11:29—12:2 We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses; Jesus perfects our faith.
Luke 12:49–56             Jesus warns of division and trouble to come: I came to bring fire.

August 21

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 1:4–10         The Lord calls young Jeremiah: Before you were born, I knew you.
Psalm 71:1–6              In you, O Lord, I take refuge; upon you I have leaned from my birth.
Complementary
Isaiah 58:9b–14           Remove the yoke; help the poor; refrain from trampling the sabbath.
Psalm 103:1–8            Bless the Lord, O my soul; the Lord forgives, heals, and redeems.
Hebrews 12:18–29      Worship with reverence and awe; our God is a consuming fire.
Luke 13:10–17             Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath, a synagogue leader objects.

August 28

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 2:4–13         The people are cracked cisterns; they forsake the fountain of life.
Psalm 81:1, 10–16      God laments: I deliver and feed you, but you do not listen to me.
Complementary
Proverbs 25:6–7          Do not put yourself in the place of honor; wait for an invitation.
Psalm 112                   Happy and prosperous are those who give generously and trust God.
Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16 Show hospitality and share what you have; praise God through Jesus.
Luke 14:1, 7–14           Jesus teaches lessons at a banquet: the humble will be exalted.

September 4

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 18:1–11       At the potter’s house, God says: Like clay, the people are in my hand.
Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 O Lord, you have formed me; I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Complementary
Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Choose life and prosperity or death and adversity; obey the Lord.
Psalm 1                       Those who delight in God’s law will prosper like trees by the water.
Philemon 1–21            Paul writes to Philemon about Onesimus: welcome him as a brother.
Luke 14:25–33             Speaking of towers and battles, Jesus explains the cost of discipleship.

September 11

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28 God warns that a fierce wind of judgment will lay waste to the land.
Psalm 14                     Fools say there is no God; there is no one who does what is right.
Complementary
Exodus 32:7–14           Seeing the golden calf, God’s wrath burns hot; but Moses intercedes.
Psalm 51:1–10            Have mercy, O God; I have sinned against you; wash me clean.
1 Timothy 1:12–17      Christ came to save sinners; God’s grace has overflowed for me.
Luke 15:1–10               Jesus tells the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

September 18

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 8:18—9:1    My joy is gone; my heart is sick; is there no balm in Gilead?
Psalm 79:1–9              The nations have defiled your holy temple; deliver us, O God!
Complementary
Amos 8:4–7                 The wealthy pursue their own interests and trample upon the poor.
Psalm 113                   Blessed be the name of the Lord, who raises the poor from the dust.
1 Timothy 2:1–7          Instructions on prayer; there is one God, and Jesus is our mediator.
Luke 16:1–13               The story of a dishonest manager; you cannot serve God and wealth.

September 25

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15 Buy the field at Anathoth; houses and vineyards will one day return.
Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16 The Lord says: Do not fear; I will deliver those who call on my name.
Complementary
Amos 6:1a, 4–7           Those with idle and comfortable lives will be first to go into exile.
Psalm 146                   Do not put your trust in princes; God does justice for the oppressed.
1 Timothy 6:6–19        The love of money is the root of evil; be rich in good works instead.
Luke 16:19–31             Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Hades.

October 2

Semicontinuous
Lamentations 1:1–6    How lonely is the great city now; majesty had departed from Zion.
Lamentations 3:19–26 Even in my affliction, I remember the steadfast love of the Lord.
or Psalm 137               By the waters of Babylon we wept; how could we sing God’s song?
Complementary
Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4 Write the vision; make it plain: the righteous live by their faith.
Psalm 37:1–9              Commit your way to the Lord; trust in God, who will act.
2 Timothy 1:1–14        Rekindle your faith; guard the good treasure entrusted to you.
Luke 17:5–10               If you had faith like a mustard seed, you could uproot this tree.

October 9

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7     Build houses and plant gardens in exile; seek the welfare of the city.
Psalm 66:1–12            Make a joyful noise to God, who brought us out to a spacious place.
Complementary
2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c   Elisha tells Naaman to wash in the Jordan; he is cured of leprosy.
Psalm 111                   I give thanks with my whole heart; great are the works of the Lord.
2 Timothy 2:8–15        Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead; that is my gospel.
Luke 17:11–19             Jesus heals ten people with leprosy; only one returns to give thanks.

October 16

Semicontinuous
Jeremiah 31:27–34     I will make a new covenant; I will write my law on their hearts.
Psalm 119:97–104      I love your law; it is always with me, sweeter than honey to me.
Complementary
Genesis 32:22–31        Wrestling with a stranger at night, Jacob seeks God’s blessing.
Psalm 121                   My help comes from the Lord, who guards me day and night.
2 Timothy 3:14—4:5   Continue in your faith; be persistent in proclaiming the gospel.
Luke 18:1–8                 The widow and the unjust judge: pray always and do not lose heart.

October 23

Semicontinuous
Joel 2:23–32               I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; I will save those who call on me.
Psalm 65                     Praise God, who answers prayer, sends rain, and blesses the earth.
Complementary
Jeremiah 14:7–10, 19–22 We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord; we set our hope on you.
Psalm 84:1–7              How lovely is your dwelling place; my heart and flesh sing for joy.
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18 I have fought the good fight and kept the faith; God stands by me.
Luke 18:9–14               Jesus tells a parable: the prayers of a Pharisee and a tax collector.

October 30

Semicontinuous
Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4 Write the vision; make it plain: the righteous live by their faith.
Psalm 119:137–144    You are righteous, O Lord; give me understanding that I may live.
Complementary
Isaiah 1:10–18             Wash and make yourselves clean; learn to do good and seek justice.
Psalm 32:1–7              Happy are those whose sin is forgiven; I will confess to the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12    To the Thessalonians: I give thanks for your faith and pray for you.
Luke 19:1–10               Zacchaeus, a tax collector, wants to see Jesus; Jesus visits his home.

November 1                           All Saints’ Day

Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18    The holy ones will receive God’s kingdom and possess it forever.
Psalm 149 Praise the Lord in the assembly of the faithful; rejoice in God’s glory.
Ephesians 1:11–23      In Christ we have received a glorious inheritance among the saints.
Luke 6:20–31               Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

November 6

Semicontinuous
Haggai 1:15b—2:9      I am with you; do not fear; I will restore the splendor of this house.
Psalm 145:1–5, 17–21 I will extol you, my God; great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
or Psalm 98                 Make a joyful noise to the Lord; give thanks for God’s victory.
Complementary
Job 19:23–27a             I know that my Redeemer lives; at the last I will see my God.
Psalm 17:1–9              Hear a just cause, O Lord; guard me as the apple of your eye.
2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, Do not be deceived; stand firm and hold fast to our traditions.
13–17
Luke 20:27–38             The Sadducees ask Jesus a question about marriage and resurrection.

November 13

Semicontinuous
Isaiah 65:17–25           God promises a new creation, where all creatures will live in safety.
Isaiah 12                      In that day, I will give thanks and say: surely God is my salvation.
Complementary
Malachi 4:1–2a           The sun of righteousness will rise with healing for the faithful.
Psalm 98                     Make a joyful noise to the Lord; give thanks for God’s victory.
2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 Do not be idle; follow this example and work for your daily bread.
Luke 21:5–19               The temple will fall; a great trial is coming; God will supply wisdom.

November 20                         Christ the King Sunday

Jeremiah 23:1–6         I will gather the remnant of my flock and raise up good shepherds.
Luke 1:68–79               Blessed be the Lord, who has raised up a savior for the people.
or Psalm 46                 Though the earth changes and the waters roar, God is our refuge.
Colossians 1:11–20     Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Luke 23:33–43             Crucified with Jesus, a criminal says: Remember me in your kingdom.

 




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