Narrative Lectionary

The Narrative Lectionary is a four year reading plan that is designed to be read September through May, following the school year. These readings focus on the narrative from Genesis through Jesus life. Find out more about the Narrative Lectionary at WorkingPreacher.org.

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Year 1: 2018 - 2019

Previous year: 2017-2018 | Next year: 2019-2020

DateService/ThemeReadingsSearch
Sun, Sep 09, 2018CreationGenesis 6:16-22, 9:8-15; Noah, the flood, and the promise of the rainbow
Matt 8:24-27; Jesus calms the storm

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Sun, Sep 16, 2018AbrahamGenesis 12:1-9; Call of Abraham, promise of land, descendants, blessing to the nations
Matt 28:19-20; Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

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Sun, Sep 23, 2018Jacob and JosephGenesis 39:1-23; Joseph is unjustly put in prison; yet God is present with him there
Matt 5:11-12; Blessed are you when people revile you and utter all kinds of evil falsely on my account

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Sun, Sep 30, 2018ExodusExodus 14:10- 14, 21-29; The sea parts at the exodus; this is God's gift of deliverance
Matt 2:13-15; Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in Egypt, out of Egypt have I called my son

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Sun, Oct 07, 2018Law and WildernessExodus 19:3-7, 20:1-17; God brings Israel to himself as on eagle's wings; 10 Commandments
Matthew 5:17; Jesus came not to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them

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Sun, Oct 14, 2018JudgesJoshua 24:1-15; Story of God's deliverance. Joshua says, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"
Matthew 4:8-10; Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, but Jesus says "Worship God and serve only him"

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Sun, Oct 21, 2018David2 Samuel 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9; Nathan's parable indicts David after his sin with Bathsheba. David is moved to repent.
Matt 21:33-41; Parable about the wicked tenants

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Sun, Oct 28, 2018Solomon to the Divided Kingdom1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28; Solomon prays for wisdom. The case of two prostitutes and a child
Matthew 6:9-10; Pray in this way, Our Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done

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Sun, Nov 04, 2018Elijah and Elisha2 Kings 5:1-14; Elisha heals Naaman the Syrian, who was a foreigner and leper
Matthew 8:2-3; Jesus heals a leper, "I will, be clean"

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Sun, Nov 11, 2018Minor prophetsMicah 5:2-4, 6:6-8; God's promise of a ruler from Bethlehem; God desires justice, kindness, walking humbly with God
Matthew 9:13; God desires mercy, not sacrifice

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Sun, Nov 18, 2018Isaiah and HezekiahIsaiah 36:1-3, 13-20, 37:1-7, 2:1-4; Assyria threatens Jerusalem and King Hezekiah despairs. Isaiah says the city will be saved. The greater promise is that Jerusalem will be a center for teaching and the nations will beat swords into plowshares
Matthew 5:14; Light of the world, city on a hill

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Sun, Nov 25, 2018Jeremiah and JosiahJeremiah 1:4- 10, 7:1-11; Jeremiah's call as promise and warning; the temple as a den of robbers
Matt 21:12-13; Jesus cleanses the temple, which has become a den of robbers

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Sun, Dec 02, 2018Into ExileHabakkuk 1:1-4, 2:2-4, 3:17-19; The prophet is grieved by injustice and suffering. He watches for God's reply: Faith is a way of life, not an easy answer
Matt 26:36-38; In Gethsemane Jesus is grieved and asks the disciples to watch with him

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Sun, Dec 09, 2018Return From ExileEsther 4:1-17; For such a time as this, Esther was made queen.
Matthew 5:13-16;

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Sun, Dec 16, 2018Return from ExileIsaiah 42:1-9; God's servant in whom he delights. Through the Spirit he will bring justice and release to the prisoners. He will be a light to the nations
Matt 12:15-21; This passage is used for the ministry of Jesus

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Sun, Dec 23, 2018Preparing for the Messiah's birthMatthew 1:18-25; Announcement of Jesus' birth to Joseph; Jesus will be Immanuel

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Mon, Dec 24, 2018Christmas EveLuke 2:1-14 (15-20); Birth of Jesus
Psalm 96:10-13;

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Tue, Dec 25, 2018Christmas DayLuke 2:8-20; Shepherds visit the infant Jesus
Psalm 95:6-7;

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Sun, Dec 30, 2018Christmas 1Matthew 2:1-12; The Magi visit the infant Jesus

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(Not this year)Christmas 2Matthew 2:13-23; Flight into Egypt, massacre of the innocents, the return to Nazareth

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Sun, Jan 06, 2019Epiphany 1Matthew 3:1-17; John the Baptist, Jesus is baptized to fulfill all righteousness

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Sun, Jan 13, 2019Epiphany 2Matthew 4:1-17; Jesus tempted in the wilderness

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Sun, Jan 20, 2019Epiphany 3Matthew 5:1-20; Beatitudes, Salt of the earth Let your light shine

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Sun, Jan 27, 2019Epiphany 4Matthew 6:7-21; Lord's prayer, treasure in heaven
and/or Matthew 6:25-34; Lilies of the field

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Sun, Feb 03, 2019Epiphany 5Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29; Speck in the eye, narrow gate, wise man builds house on rock

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Sun, Feb 10, 2019Epiphany 6Matt 13:24-45; Parable of wheat and weeds

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Sun, Feb 17, 2019Epiphany 7Matt 14:13-33; Feeding the 5,000; walking on the sea

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Sun, Mar 03, 2019TransfigurationMatthew 16:24 - 17:8; Passion prediction, bearing the cross, Transfiguration

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Wed, Mar 06, 2019Ash WednesdayMatthew 18:1-9; Debate about who is the greatest, become like a child; if your right hand causes sin cut it off

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Sun, Mar 10, 2019Lent 1Matt 18:15-38; Church discipline, forgiving 70x7, parable of unforgiving servant

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Sun, Mar 17, 2019Lent 2Matthew 20:1-16; Parable of laborers in vineyard

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Sun, Mar 24, 2019Lent 3Matthew 22:1-14; Parable of the wedding banquet

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Sun, Mar 31, 2019Lent 4Matthew 25:1-13; Parable of the bridesmaids
and/or Matt 25:14-30; Parable of the talents

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Sun, Apr 07, 2019Lent 5Matt 25:31-46; Parable of the Last judgment

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Sun, Apr 14, 2019Palm SundayMatthew 21:1-13; Triumphal entry, cleansing temple

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Thu, Apr 18, 2019Maundy ThursdayMatt 26:17-30; Preparing for the Last Supper, mention of betrayal, Words of Institution

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Fri, Apr 19, 2019Good FridayMatt 27:27-61; Crucifixion, My God, my God why have you forsaken me

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Sun, Apr 21, 2019EasterMatthew 28:1-10; Resurrection, empty tomb, women encounter the risen Jesus

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Sun, Apr 28, 2019Easter 2Matt 28:16-20; Great commission, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

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Sun, May 05, 2019Easter 3Acts 10:1-17, 34-35; Peter's vision shows that God cleanses people of every nation

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Sun, May 12, 2019Easter 4Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18; Beginning of Paul's mission. Healing at Lystra, gospel to the Gentile world

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Sun, May 19, 2019Easter 5Romans 1:1-17; Gospel as power of God for salvation to all, both Jews and Greeks

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Sun, May 26, 2019Easter 6Romans 5:1-11; God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit; Christ died for the ungodly

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Sun, Jun 02, 2019Easter 7Romans 6:1-14; We were buried with him by baptism into death, so that we might walk in newness of life; hope of resurrection

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Sun, Jun 09, 2019PentecostActs 2:1-4, Romans 8:18-38; The groaning of creation, Spirit helps us in our weakness, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus

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Previous year: 2017-2018 | Next year: 2019-2020