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Narrative Lectionary


Our lessons, hymns, prayers and the Pastor’s sermons are all based on the Narrative Lectionary.  A Lectionary is a series of readings meant to guide the church through the church year.  In September of 2014, we switched from the well-known Revised Common Lectionary to the rather new Narrative Lectionary created by Luther Seminary.

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. From September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, chronologically from Creation through the early Christian church.  We hear from many different voices in the scriptures – enriching our journey of faith.

Below you will find a list of lessons for the current church year. 

You can also do your own Bible study during the week by reading the bible stories that come between each week’s lesson, a list of which is also below. 

Looking for more?  Visit The Working Preacher for text commentaries or the "I Love to Tell the Story," podcast.
Narrative Lectionary 2017-2018

September 10
Creation by the Word
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 1:1— 2:4a
Creation by  word; light, life; it was good
(John 1:1-5)
Monday, Genesis 2:4b-25, A Second Account of Creation
Tuesday, Genesis 3:1-13, The First Sin

Wednesday, Genesis 3:14-24, Punishment

Thursday, Genesis 4:1-16, Cain Murders Abel

Friday, Genesis 4:1-26, Beginnings of Civilization

Saturday, Genesis 18:1-15, A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah

September 17
Binding of Isaac
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14
God gives Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. Abraham is told to sacrifice his son, but God provides the ram.
(John 1:29)
Monday, Genesis 27:30-40, Esau’s Lost Blessing

Tuesday, Genesis 27:41-28:5, Jacob Escapes

Wednesday, Genesis 28:6-9, Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter
Thursday, Genesis 29:1-14, Jacob Meets Rachel
Friday, Genesis 29:15-35, Jacob Marries Laban’s Daughters
Saturday, Genesis 30:1-24, Rachel’s Jealousy

September 24
Jacob’s Dream
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17
Jacob gets a blessing by trickery, flees, dreams of a ladder with angels ascending and descending. Receives God’s promise.
(John 1:50-51)
Monday, Genesis 27:30-40, Esau’s Lost Blessing

Tuesday, Genesis 27:41-28:5, Jacob Escapes

Wednesday, Genesis 28:6-9, Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter
Thursday, Genesis 29:1-14, Jacob Meets Rachel
Friday, Genesis 29:15-35, Jacob Marries Laban’s Daughters
Saturday, Genesis 30:1-24, Rachel’s Jealousy

October 1
God’s Name Is Revealed
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17
God’s name is revealed: “I Am.”

Moses is a reluctant messenger, but God uses
him to deliver Israel.
(John 8:58)

Sunday, Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17, God’s Name Is Revealed
Monday, Exodus 6:28-7:7, Moses and Aaron Obey God’s Commands
Tuesday, Exodus 12:1-13, The First Passover

Wednesday, Exodus 12:29-42, Death of the Firstborn
Thursday, Exodus 13:17-22, The Pillars of Cloud and Fire
Friday, Exodus 14:1-25, Crossing the Red Sea

Saturday, Exodus 14:26-31, Pursuers Drowned

October 8
God Provides Manna
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 16:1-18
People complain, God provides manna.
Manna requires faith in what God gives.
(John 6:51)
Sunday, Exodus 16:1-18, God Provides Manna
Monday, Exodus 18:13-27, Jethro’s Advice

Tuesday, Exodus 20:1-21, The Ten Commandments
Wednesday, Exodus 25:10-22, The Ark of the Covenant
Thursday, Exodus 32:1-35, The Golden Calf
Friday, 1 Samuel 1:1-28, Samuel’s Birth and Dedication
Saturday, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Hannah’s Prayer

October 15
God Calls Samuel
19th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 3:1-21
God calls Samuel in the night. He says, Speak Lord for your servant is listening. Told to warn others of sin in Israel.
(John 20:21-23)
Sunday, 1 Samuel 3:1-21, God Calls Samuel

Monday, 1 Samuel 4:1-11, The Ark of God Captured
Tuesday, 1 Samuel 5:1-12, Philistines and the Ark
Wednesday, 1 Samuel 6:1-16, The Ark Returned
Thursday, 1 Samuel 8:1-18, Israel Demands a King
Friday, 1 Samuel 9:27-10:8, Samuel Anoints Saul as King
Saturday, 1 Samuel 15:10-34, Saul Rejected as King

October 22
God Calls David
20th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:10-14
God does not look on outward appearance but on the heart; create in me a clean heart.
(John 7:24)
Sunday, 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:10-14, God Calls David
Monday, 1 Samuel 17:1-11, Goliath

Tuesday, 1 Samuel 17:12-23, David Visits His Brothers
Wednesday, 1 Samuel 17:31-40, David Prepares for Battle
Thursday, 1 Samuel 17:41-54, David Slays Goliath
Friday, 1 Kings 1:28-31, Solomon Becomes King
Saturday, 1 Kings 3:3-15, Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

October 29
Solomon’s Temple
Reformation Sunday
1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13
Solomon’s temple – a place of sacrifice and divine presence.
(John 2:19-21)
Sunday, 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13, Solomon’s Temple

Monday, 1 Kings 17:1-7, Elijah Predicts a Drought

Tuesday, 1 Kings 17:8-16, The Widow Zarephath

Wednesday, 1 Kings 17:17-24, Elijah Revives the Widow’s Son Thursday, 1 Kings 18:1-19, Elijah’s Message to Ahab
Friday, 1 Kings 18:20-40, Elijah’s Triumph over the Priests of Baal
Saturday, 1 Kings 18:41-46, The Drought Ends

November 5
God Speaks to Elijah
All Saints Sunday
1 Kings 19:1-18
Elijah at Horeb; The prophet in despair, God speaks in the silence.
(John 12:27-28)
Sunday, 1 Kings 19:1-18, God Speaks to Elijah
Monday, 2 Kings 2:1-12, Elijah Ascends to Heaven
Tuesday, 2 Kings 2:13-18, Elisha Succeeds Elijah
Wednesday, 2 Kings 2:19-25, Elisha Performs Miracles Thursday, 2 Kings 4:1-7, Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
Friday, 2 Kings 5:1-19, Elisha Heals Naaman
Saturday, 2 Kings 9:30-37, Jezebel’s Violent Death

November 12
Amos: Justice Rolls Down
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
(John 7:37-38)
Sunday, Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24, Amos: Justice Rolls Down Monday, Amos 3:1-8, Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
Tuesday, Amos 5:18-20, The Day of the Lord a Dark Day Wednesday, Amos 6:1-8, Complacent Self-Indulgent Punished Thursday, Amos 6:9-14, Complacent Self-Indulgent Punished Friday, Amos 7:1-9, Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb Line
Saturday, Amos 9:22-25, The Restoration of David’s Kingdom

November 19
Isaiah: A Child Is Born
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 9:1-7
People who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
(John 8:12)
Sunday, Isaiah 9:1-7, Isaiah: A Child Is Born
Monday, Isaiah 11:1-9, The Peaceful Kingdom
Tuesday, Isaiah 22:1-14, A Warning of Destruction of Jerusalem
Wednesday, Isaiah 25:1-12, Praise for Deliverance from Oppression
Thursday, Isaiah 27:1-11, Israel’s Redemption
Friday, Isaiah 30:8-17, A Rebellious People
Saturday, Isaiah 32:16-20, The Peace of God’s Reign

November 26
Jeremiah’s Letter to Exiles
Christ the King Sunday
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Seek the welfare of the city; I know the plans I have for you.
(John 14:27)
Sunday, Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14, Jeremiah’s Letter to Exiles Monday, Jeremiah 1:4-19, Jeremiah’s Call
Tuesday, Jeremiah 2:1-8, God Pleads with Israel to Repent Wednesday, Jeremiah 3:1-5, Unfaithful Israel
Thursday, Jeremiah 30:1-9, Restoration Promised for Israel and Judah
Friday, Jeremiah 31:1-6, The Joyful Return of the Exiles
Saturday, Jeremiah 31:31-37, A New Covenant

December 3
Daniel: The Fiery Furnace
1st Sunday of Advent
Daniel 3:1, [2-7] 8-30
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; God present in the fiery furnace.
(John 18:36-37)
Sunday, Daniel 3:1, 8-30, Daniel: The Fiery Furnace
Monday, Daniel 1:1-21, Four Israelites at the Babylonian Court Tuesday, Daniel 2:1-16, Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Wednesday, Daniel 2:17-23, God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Thursday, Daniel 2:24-35, Daniel Interprets the Dream
Friday, Daniel 2:36-45, Daniel Interprets the Dream
Saturday, Daniel 2:46-49, Daniel and His Friends Promoted

December 10
Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones
2nd Sunday of Advent
 Ezekiel 37:1-14
Ezekiel prophesies to the dry bones and they are raised to new life.
(John 11:25-26)
Sunday, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones
Monday, Ezekiel 1:1-14, The Vision of the Chariot
Tuesday, Ezekiel 1:15-28, The Vision of the Chariot Wednesday, Ezekiel 2:1-3:11, The Vision of the Scroll
Thursday, Ezekiel 40:1-19, The Vision of the New Temple Friday, Ezekiel 40:20-37, The Vision of the New Temple Saturday, Ezekiel 40:38-47, The Vision of the New Temple
December 17
Word Accomplishes God’s Purpose
3rd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 55:1-13
Anyone who is thirsty, come drink; the word accomplishes God’s purpose.
(John 4:13-14)
 Sunday, Isaiah 55:1-11, Word Accomplishes God’s Purpose
Monday, Isaiah 40:1-11, God’s People Are Comforted
Tuesday, Isaiah 53:2-12, The Suffering Servant
Wednesday, Isaiah 57:14-21, A Promise of Help and Healing
Thursday, Isaiah 59:1-8, Injustice and Oppression to Be Punished
Friday, Isaiah 61:1-11, The Good News of Deliverance
Saturday, Isaiah 65:17-25, The Glorious New Creation

December 24 (morning)
Word Made Flesh
4th Sunday of Advent
John 1:1-18
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.
(Psalm 130:5-8)
December 24 (evening)
Birth of Jesus
Christmas Eve
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]
Birth of Jesus.
(Psalm 96:7-10)
Sunday, John 1:1-18, Word Made Flesh
Monday, Luke 2:1-20, Birth of Jesus
Tuesday, Luke 1:26-38, Birth of Jesus Foretold
Wednesday, Matthew 2:1-12, Wise Men
Thursday, Luke 2:21-32, Jesus Is Presented in the Temple
Friday, Luke 2:33-40, Jesus Is Presented in the Temple
Saturday, Luke 2:41-52, The Boy Jesus in the Temple

December 25
Shepherds Visit
Christmas Day
Luke 2:8-20
Shepherds visit the infant Jesus.
(Psalm 123:1-2 or 123:2)
December 31
 A Voice in the Wilderness
1st Sunday of Christmas
John 1:19-34
John the Baptist questioned; says he is not the Christ or Elijah.
(Psalm 32:1-2)
Sunday, John 1:19-34, A Voice in the Wilderness Monday, Psalm 32:1-2, The Joy of Forgiveness Tuesday, Psalm 32:3-4, The Joy of Forgiveness Wednesday, Psalm 32:5, The Joy of Forgiveness Thursday, Psalm 32:6-7, The Joy of Forgiveness Friday, Psalm 32:8-9, The Joy of Forgiveness Saturday, Psalm 32:10-11, The Joy of Forgiveness
January 7
Jesus Says Come and See
Baptism of Our Lord
John 1:35-51
Behold the Lamb of God, Call of disciples, “Come and see.”
(Psalm 66:1-5)
January 14
Wedding at Cana
Second Sunday after Epiphany
John 2:1-11
Wedding at Cana, water into wine.
(Psalm 104:14-16)
January 21
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
John 2:13-25
Jesus cleanses the temple, signifying the destruction and raising of his body.
(Psalm 127:1-2)
January 28
4th Sunday after Epiphany
John 3:1-21
Jesus and Nicodemus, being born anew, God’s love for the world.
(Psalm 139:13-18)
February 4
The Woman at the Well
5th Sunday after Epiphany
John 4:1-42
Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at well, speaks of living water and true worship.
(Psalm 42:1-3)
February 11
The Man Born Blind
Transfiguration of Our Lord
John 9:1-41
Jesus is the light of the world – brings light to the eyes of a man born blind.
(Psalm 27:1-4)
February 14
The Good Shepherd
Ash Wednesday
John 10:1-18
Jesus as gate and good shepherd, who lays down his life.
(Psalm 23)
February 18
Jesus Raises Lazarus
1st Sunday in Lent
John 11:1-44
Raising Lazarus, Jesus as the resurrection and life.
(Psalm 104:27-30)
February 25
Jesus Washes Feet
2nd Sunday in Lent
John 13:1-17
Footwashing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example.
(Psalm 51:7-12)
March 4
Peter’s Denial
3rd Sunday in Lent
John 18:12-27
Jesus’ trial before Annas, Peter’s denial.
(Psalm 17:1-7)
March 11
Jesus and Pilate
4th Sunday in Lent
John 18:28-40
My kingdom is not from this world.
(Psalm 145:10-13)
March 18
Jesus Condemned
5th Sunday in Lent
John 19:1-16a
Jesus is condemned, they have no king but Caesar.
(Psalm 146)
March 25
The Crucified Messiah
Palm/Passion Sunday
John 19:16b-22
OR John 12:12-27, Triumphal Entry
Sign above the cross proclaims the crucified king.
(Psalm 24)
March 29
Jesus’ Last Words
Maundy Thursday
John 19:23-30
Woman, behold your son; I thirst; It is finished.
(Psalm 26:3)
March 30
Jesus the Passover Lamb
Good Friday
John 19:31-42
Jesus’ bones are not broken, water from his side, a royal burial.
(Psalm 31:9-18)
April 1
Easter Sunday
Resurrection of Our Lord
John 20:1-18
Empty tomb, Jesus calls Mary by name.
(Psalm 118:21-29)
April 8
2nd Sunday of Easter
John 20:19-31
Jesus gives Spirit, appears to Thomas.
(Psalm 145:13-21)
April 15
Paul’s Conversion
3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:1-19a
Paul and Ananias, each called into Christ’s service (locally and globally).
(Matthew 6:24)
April 22
Paul and Silas
4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:16-34
Paul and Silas in prison at Philippi, jailor and his family are baptized
(Luke 6:18-19, 22-23)
April 29
Paul’s Sermon at Athens
5th Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:16-31
Sermon at Athens: What you worship as unknown, I proclaim to you.
(John 1:16-18)
May 6
Partnership in the Gospel
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Philippians 1:1-18a
Paul in prison, thankful for the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel.
(Luke 9:46-48)
May 13
The Christ Hymn
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Philippians 2:1-13
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who became obedient to death.
(Luke 6:43-45)
May 20
Pentecost; Rejoice in the Lord
Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21; Philippians 4:4-7
Gift of the Spirit as miracle of communication (Acts). Rejoice in the Lord always. The peace of God (Phil).
(John 14:16-17)
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