C Liturgy of the Word

Stories from the four churches

At St Ann’s they are having an adult teaching series on Romans, using the lectionary material in Module 37 below. The response ‘The same Lord is Lord of all …’ is used as part of the Gathering and Greeting, at the Gospel alleluia, and in a response after the sermon. They have decided not to use the Gospel reading provided in that module, but to continue with the Gospel reading set in the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary. This is because they have discovered teaching material for childrenwhich is based on the lectionary.

The children usually depart before the Gospel, and might not follow the long reading from Romans, so the Gospel today comes immediately after the Collect. Everyone remains standing and the children go out after the psalm that follows. The Gospel is the story of the breakfast on the seashore after the resurrection. It is read dramatically from different parts of the building – the narrator at the lectern, Jesus by the communion table, and the disciples coming forward from the middle of the congregation.

For the sermon time, which lasts just over half an hour, the adults at St Ann’s have a choice. Some go out to a discussion Bible study on Romans, others to a well-structured adult education session on the Church and politics (linking up with Romans 13). The rest stay in church for a sermon on the same passage, with visuals on an overhead projector and questions at the end.

The four people who share the responsibility for reading at St Bartholomew’s have recently been on a deanery training day for those who read. They have returned withsome good ideas for varying the usual pattern and are much more confident. There is a card on the lectern reminding the reader how to announce the reading. She introduces the reading with the paragraph heading and the page number from the pew Bible. After the reading she leaves space for some reflective silence before saying, ‘This is the word of the Lord.’

At St Christopher’s the worship committee has asked one or two artistic people in the church to produce something based on this Sunday’s Gospel. As a result there is a throw-over frontal on the altar, picking up the bread and fishes theme. Today the Gospel procession, with the deacon carrying the book of the Gospels, preceded by acolytes and crucifer, comes only to the front row of the congregation, rather than taking up its normal position halfway up the centre aisle of the nave. This is to allow the people to remain facing towards the front, where on a screen behind the lectern there is a beautiful sequence of slides of Galilee, fishermen, bread and fishes. The sermon is about ten minutes long, and ends with some guided meditation inviting people to imagine themselves playing a part in the Gospel story.

At St Dodo’s no one comes forward to read the first reading so the president glares at the churchwarden, moves to the lectern and intones the lesson in a voice betraying boredom. There is a bit of excitement, though, as – inevitably – two people come forward to read the second reading and look like having a punch up. The one who wins fails to announce where the reading comes from, which is a pity, as it seems to have been changed from what is on the notice sheet. It would have helped to be able to follow the reading, as he was speaking very quietly, on the mistaken assumption that the microphone was amplifying all he said. But no one had adjusted the height of it since one of the children read last Sunday.

Making it live

St Ann’s worship group plans how the readings are done, usually a month at a time to make sure that there is variety and that the ‘unusual’ element is not overdone. Different methods they have used include:

*    gentle musical backing to the reading, on tape or live;

*    mime to the reading;

*    especially at an all-age service, having the reading interrupted by someone asking questions, and putting in mistakes and asking the children to spot them;

*    memorizing a Gospel reading and telling it as a story;

*    a dramatic reading using different parts of the building;

*    putting out all lights apart from a spotlight on the reader;

*    breaking up long story reading with songs or choruses.

The sermon: what and where?

Note 7 in A Service of the Word and Note 13 in Holy Communion in Common Worship redefine the sermon. There are a number of possibilities:

*    the use of drama, interviews, discussion and audio-visuals;

*    having more than one person taking part;

*    dividing the congregation into groups for all (as at St Ann’s here), or for part of the time (for example, getting people talking to those near them about how what is being said applies to them);

*    preaching the sermon in, say, two parts at different points in the service;

*    time for silent – or guided – reflection or meditation after the sermon.

Add to this some further things to consider:

*    the use of handouts, either outlining the whole sermon or giving points for action;

*    using data projector or overhead projector visuals in an integrated way, with pictures taking the application or story further, rather than merely summarizing the sermon in words;

*    sermons with deliberate interruptions and questions, or with pauses to pray or worship and sing;

*    the use of drama, again as an integral part of the sermon.

Discussing these ideas should open some new possibilities and also begin to answer the question ‘Where?’ Clearly not all of these sermon activities are suitable for the pulpit. Different areas of the church may be used. And even with a more traditional sermon there may be a case for leaving the pulpit, moving nearer a small congregation at the back, or moving to and speaking from different points in the church, for example from the lectern where the word has been read, or from under a window whose stained glass enshrines the story.

Responding to the readings

St Bartholomew’s have been making a list of possible ways the congregation might respond to the readings:

*    more pauses for meditation;

*    responses which reflect the nature of the reading (such as those in the modular material in this resource section);

*    short prayers or a verse of a psalm after the reading;

*    involving the congregation in drama and dialogue readings;

*    physical action, such as the stamping of feet in the synagogue when the story of Haman in the book of Esther is read!

Discussion starter: improving Bible reading in our worship

1   Make a list of the problems with reading the Bible, for example:

*    The readings sound boring and are simply something to get through as a duty, and not as part of the worship.

*    They are too long.

*    Bad introductions impose partial or unhelpful meanings on the readings, or fail to raise expectations. This might lead into some discussion about how the readings should be introduced.

*    Failure to use the lectionary provision can result in a narrower overall diet of Scripture: sometimes only a few verses are read, to be used as the sermon text, determined by the particular interests of the minister.

*    People are not used to listening to large amounts of prose being read, so those who read need training and may need time to prepare. There might be some discussion about the pros and cons of having children reading in all-age services, and whether the advantages of involving them outweigh the possible disadvantages of inaudibility or lack of understanding.

*    Nowadays people think in visual terms, and many readings do not conjure up pictures in people’s minds.

*    People don’t know why the Bible is being read.

*    No response is expected.

2   Working in pairs, put the following reasons for reading the Bible in church in order of importance, and then discuss the results with everyone else:

*    To teach and instruct;

*    to link us firmly with the tradition;

*    to ensure that we listen to the whole counsel of God;

*    to deliver us from the personal whim or interest of the preacher or worship leader;

*    to allow one part of Scripture to throw kaleidoscopic light on another;

*    to identify ourselves again as the people to whom God is speaking.

By publicly rehearsing its corporate story the community is proclaiming its identity as the people of God. Shared stories bind people together. Story is important because

*    it is easy to listen to, identify with, remember and re-tell;

*    it links the community clearly with the tradition of God’s saving action;

*    in worship, it can more easily be used to stimulate praise, as we hear what God has done, rather than receive instruction;

*    it is important for children: action stories keep things moving, add a sense of excitement and humanity.

3   How can we get the whole congregation to ‘own’ the readings?

Discuss the ideas in the section ‘Responding to the readings’ here. Are there other ideas, or some other things in the St Ann’s section ‘Making it live’ here, which we could put into practice in our church?

Liturgy of the Word: modular lectionary material

The use of one of the authorized lectionaries (from Common Worship or The Book of Common Prayer) around the main festivals serves to foster the sense that different worshipping communities are all ‘telling the same story’. This is more possible than ever since the advent of the three-year Common Worship lectionary which shares so much in common with the versions of the three-year lectionary in use in other churches.

Some parts of the early Church used this principle of thematic reading for festivals, and we can see this reflected in the traditional readings for Lent and Easter, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

Outside that time, in Ordinary Time, the particular needs of different congregations may be met by different patterns of readings. A particular event in the life of the church (for instance, a new building project, a new phase in the life of the church, a disastrous fire, or a traumatic pastoral situation) might be the trigger for such a pattern. The reason might equally be the more mundane desire to match the Sunday preaching to the material being studied in small groups, such as home groups or cell groups, during the week. There will be times when the small groups will follow the lead given by the Sunday readings, but there might be other times when the lead is given by the small group materials.

Common Worship makes provision in two places for just such flexibility:

1 The Lectionary

During the period from the First Sunday of Advent to the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, during the period from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday, and on All Saints’ Day, the readings shall come from an authorized lectionary. During Ordinary Time (i.e. between the Presentation and Ash Wednesday and between Trinity Sunday and Advent Sunday), authorized lectionary provision remains the norm but, after due consultation with the Parochial Church Council, the minister may, from time to time, depart from the lectionary provision for pastoral reasons or preaching or teaching purposes.

Rule 7, Common Worship, page 540

2 A Service of the Word

There should preferably be at least two readings from the Bible, but it is recognized that if occasion demands there may be only one reading. It may be dramatized, sung or read responsively. The readings are taken from an authorized lectionary during the period from the Third Sunday of Advent to the Baptism of Christ, and from Palm Sunday to Trinity Sunday. When A Service of the Word is combined with Holy Communion on Sundays and Principal Holy Days, the readings of the day are normally used.

Note 5, A Service of the Word

This means that there are periods during which one of the authorized lectionaries is to be followed. The Note indicates that normally these periods are longer in the case of services of Holy Communion than in the case of non-eucharistic services.

Services of Holy Communion
Non-eucharistic services
The modular lectionary provision

The lectionary modules provided here are designed as replacements for the authorized readings during parts of the remaining periods of the year.

They illustrate how provision can be made for the semi-continuous reading of Scripture in short units comprising several weeks. They also provide examples of thematic and story material suitable both for all-age services and for adult worship.

These modules are samples only. The local church is at liberty to amend these, or other provision, or to produce its own material, as long as the requirements of Note 6 below are fulfilled.

Verse numbers for Bible readings have been taken from the New Revised Standard Version, except for the Psalms, where the numbering used in the Common Worship psalter has been followed.

Notes to the resources

1  Controlling reading

The controlling reading, in bold, must always be used in some form. For some modules (mainly those in which the controlling reading takes the form of a narrative) the controlling reading is given a brief ‘title’. This is designed to aid planning, and it should not be taken as the only way of summarizing the reading.

2  Adapting the length of modules

It is important to plan ahead. Where necessary, the modules may be shortened or amended, to fit the number of weeks available. Square brackets [ ] around the week number in the lectionary charts indicate suggested weeks to omit where necessary. This may also occasionally be necessary in order to avoid having the same or similar readings at the point at which the local church moves from one of these modules to another, or between these (or other local provision) and an authorized lectionary.

When omitting part of the module in this way, care should be taken to preserve the balance of the readings.

3  Editing and adapting the length of readings

Where verses have been bracketed or omitted to shorten the reading, a longer version may be used if appropriate. Long readings may be broken up by teaching or songs. Care should be taken in the selection of the translation to be used at the service, and in any editing of the passages, to ensure that the reading makes sense. Particular care is needed in identifying speakers in the passage and making clear to whom pronouns refer.

4  Collects and other prayers

The Common Worship collects, especially in Ordinary Time, do not relate particularly to the readings and so will be just as appropriate with these readings as with the authorized lectionary readings. If a thematic prayer is required, this may be sought from other sources or devised locally.

5  Use of responses

Each module below is provided with a verse and response. This could be used in one or more of the following places:

*    at the start of the service, following the greeting;

*    as a refrain for the psalm (perhaps in an adapted form);

*    before the reading;

*    after the reading;

*    after the sermon, or other teaching, as part of the response;

*    after the Creed or Affirmation of Faith;

*    as part of the conclusion of the service;

*    as part of worship in small groups (such as cell groups, home groups or all-age worship) taking place during the week.

6  Local provision

Churches may design their own reading scheme for parts of the church year, in accordance with the Notes in Common Worship and A Service of the Word. Where they do so they should ensure that an adequate amount of Scripture is chosen; that justice is done to the balance of the book and to the general teaching of Scripture; that appropriate Gospel passages are included if the services include Holy Communion; and that the PCC or an appropriate lay group is involved in the decisions.

7  Appropriate times for the use of modules

In some cases, a particular time (or times) of the year may suggest itself for the use of a particular module. Some modules could appropriately be used in more than one season.

8  Interruptions to the modules

The modules do not have to be used for a series of consecutive Sundays. It may sometimes be necessary to interrupt a module for a special service or celebration (such as Harvest Festival).

Further, a module could be spread over a number of months, being used only for certain sorts of services (such as all-age services). Where this is the case, the provision of readings for the other Sundays will need to take account of this. One way of tackling this sort of situation would be to have two modular sets of readings operating in parallel: one for all-age services and one for other services.

Sample modules

1   God and the world

God is not far from each one of us;

in him we live and move and have our being.

cf Acts 17.27-28

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 1.1, 2; 1.24 - 2.3 (Creation)

Psalm 33.1-9

New Testament Colossians 1.15-20

Gospel Matthew 6.25-30

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 2.4-9 (10-14); 15-end (Creation of humankind)

Psalm 104.15-25

New Testament Romans 5.12-19

Gospel Matthew 19.3-5

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 3.1-19 1 (Adam and Eve disobey God)

Psalm 39.1-11

New Testament Romans 7.7-13

Gospel John 8.31-36

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 4.2b-16 (Cain and Abel)

Psalm 6

New Testament 1 John 3.9-18

Gospel Matthew 5.21-24

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 5.1-4; 6.9-14, 22 (The world and Noah)

Psalm 53

New Testament 1 John 4.1-6

Gospel Luke 12.16-20

Week 6

Old Testament Genesis 11.1-9 (The Tower of Babel)

Psalm 87

New Testament Romans 8.14-17

Gospel Matthew 8.5-13

2   Noah

Sowing and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night;

as long as the earth endures, these shall never cease.

cf Genesis 8.22

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 6.5-22 (The wickedness of humankind)

Psalm 26

New Testament 2 Peter 2.4-9

Gospel Mark 7.14-23

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 7.11-24 (The flood)

Psalm 29

New Testament 1 Peter 3.18-22

Gospel Matthew 24.36-42

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 8.13, 20-22; 9.1-13 (After the flood)

Psalm 24.1-6

New Testament 2 Corinthians 1.18-22

Gospel Mark 14.22-25

3   Abraham

Abraham believed God;

God treated his faith as righteousness.

cf Genesis 15.6

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 11.31 – 12.7 (The call of Abram)

Psalm 22.27-31

New Testament Hebrews 11.8-10

Gospel Mark 1.16-20

[Week 2]

Old Testament Genesis 13 (Abram and Lot separate)

Psalm 131

New Testament James 3.13-18

Gospel Matthew 20.20-23

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 17.1-7 (8-14) 15-22 (A son is promised)

Psalm 105.7-15

New Testament Galatians 3.(1-5) 6-14

Gospel John 8.51-59

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 18.1-15 (The three visitors)

Psalm 105.1-6

New Testament 2 Corinthians 12.1-6 (7-10)

Gospel Luke 24.28-31

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 18.17-33 (Abraham pleads for Sodom)

Psalm 145.13-22

New Testament James 5.13-20

Gospel John 15.14-16

[Week 6]

Old Testament Genesis 20 (Abraham lies to Abimelech)

Psalm 118.1-9

New Testament Acts 5.1-11

Gospel Luke 12.1-7

4   Sarah, Hagar and Rebekah

Cast your cares upon God.

Know that the Lord cares for you.

cf 1 Peter 5.7

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 16 (Sarah and Hagar)

Psalm 13

New Testament Romans 4.13-22

Gospel John 7.1-9

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 18.9-15; 21.1-7 (God’s promise to Sarah)

Psalm 98

New Testament Romans 9.6-9

Gospel John 12.44-50

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 21.9-21 (God’s promise to Hagar)

Psalm 30

New Testament Galatians 4.21-26

Gospel John 10.14-16

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 24.42-end (Rebekah meets Isaac)

Psalm 32.8-12

New Testament 1 Corinthians 7.1-9

Gospel John 14.1-6

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 25.19-28 (Rebekah gives birth to Esau and Jacob)

Psalm 113

New Testament Romans 9.10-13

Gospel Luke 16.20-24

Week 6

Old Testament Genesis 27.1-17 (Rebekah and Jacob deceive Isaac)

Psalm 37.3-8

New Testament Hebrews 11.17-21

Gospel Luke 6.12-16

5   Jacob

Happy are those who have the God of Jacob for their help,

whose hope is in the Lord their God.

cf Psalm 146.5

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 25.19-34 (Jacob and Esau 1)

Psalm 105.4-11

New Testament Romans 9.10-16

Gospel Luke 1.26-33

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 27.11-19 (1-45) (Jacob and Esau 2)

Psalm 50.16-end

New Testament 2 Timothy 1.3-7

Gospel Mark 3.31-35

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 28.10-22 (27.46 – 28.22) (Jacob’s journey to Bethel)

Psalm 119.17-24

New Testament Revelation 7.9-12

Gospel John 1.47-51

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 29.15-30 (29.1-30) (Jacob marries)

Psalm 146

New Testament Ephesians 5.25-33

Gospel Luke 15.11-14

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 32.22-33 (32.3 – 33.16) (Reconciliation)

Psalm 34.1-10

New Testament 2 Corinthians 5.16-20

Gospel Matthew 5.3-9

6   Leah and Rachel

The Lord looks with favour on the righteous.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

cf Psalm 34.15

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 29.31-30.24

Psalm 120

New Testament Ephesians 5.21-33

Gospel Luke 1.36-38

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 35.9-20

Psalm 17.8-16

New Testament Acts 9.36-43

Gospel Luke 20.34-38

7   Joseph

All things work together for good for those who love God,

for those who are called according to his purpose.

cf Romans 8.28

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 37.3-13, 18-24 (37.1-end) (An unhappy family)

Psalm 57.1-7

New Testament Romans 8.28-32

Gospel John 7.1-6

Week 2

Old Testament Genesis 39.1-15, 20-end (39; 40.1-14) (Joseph in trouble)

Psalm 138

New Testament Romans 8.33-end

Gospel Matthew 5.27-30

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 41.15-25, 29-40 (41) (Joseph, Governor of Egypt)

Psalm 105.16-22

New Testament Romans 12.6-13

Gospel Luke 12.27-31

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 42.6-25, 29, 30, 35, 36 (42; 43) (Joseph meets his brothers)

Psalm 103.1-12

New Testament Romans 13.1-5

Gospel Matthew 21.28-32

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 44.1-4, 14-18, 24 – 45.9 (44; 45) (Joseph reveals who he is)

Psalm 32

New Testament Romans 13.8-11

Gospel Matthew 5.23-26

Week 6

Old Testament Genesis 46.1-7, 28-30; 47.7-11 (46.1-7, 28-34; 47.1-12) (A reunited family)

Psalm 126

New Testament Romans 15.1-6

Gospel Matthew 6.25-27

Week 7

Old Testament Genesis 50.1-15 (The death of Jacob)

Psalm 128

New Testament Romans 16.25-27

Gospel Luke 10.23-24

8   Women in the messianic line

Who are those who fear the Lord?

He will teach them the way that they should choose.

cf Psalm 25.12

Week 1

Old Testament Genesis 38.11-27 (Tamar)

Psalm 63.1-9

New Testament 1 Corinthians 5.1-5

Gospel Mark 7.25-30

Week 2

Old Testament Joshua 2.1-21 (Rahab)

Psalm 25.1-9

New Testament Hebrews 11.29-31

Gospel John 10.7-9

Week 3

Old Testament Ruth 1.1-18 (Ruth)

Psalm 68.4-10

New Testament 1 Corinthians 13.1-7

Gospel Mark 10.28-31

Week 4

Old Testament 1 Kings 1.15-31 (Bathsheba)

Psalm 51.1-17

New Testament 1 Corinthians 7.1-4

Gospel Mark 2.13-17

Week 5

Old Testament Deuteronomy 22.13-21

Psalm 40.1-10

New Testament Revelation 12.1-6

Gospel Matthew 1.18-25 (Mary)

9   Moses

Declare God’s glory among the nations;

his wonders among all peoples.

cf Psalm 96.3

Week 1

Old Testament Exodus 1.6 – 2.10 (Birth of Moses)

Psalm 64

New Testament Ephesians 2.1-5

Gospel Luke 1.67-75

Week 2

Old Testament Exodus 2.11-25 (Moses flees to Midian)

Psalm 142

New Testament Hebrews 11.24-27

Gospel Matthew 3.13-17

Week 3

Old Testament Exodus 3.1-15 (The burning bush)

Psalm 96

New Testament Galatians 1.11-17

Gospel John 8.52-59

Week 4

Old Testament Exodus 3.16 – 4.17 (God calls Moses)

Psalm 146

New Testament Hebrews 5.1-10

Gospel John 14.8-14

Week 5

Old Testament Exodus 5.22 – 6.12; 7.1-7 (Moses sent to Pharaoh)

Psalm 121

New Testament 1 Peter 3.13-18

Gospel Mark 13.5-13

Week 6

Old Testament Exodus 11 (Warning of a final plague)

Psalm 33.1-17

New Testament 2 Thessalonians 1.5-10

Gospel Luke 16.19-31

10   Passover and deliverance

Who among the gods is like you, O Lord?

Majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

cf Exodus 15.11

Week 1

Old Testament Exodus 12.1-13 (Passover instructions)

Psalm 138

New Testament 1 Corinthians 11.23-32

Gospel Luke 22.7-13

Week 2

Old Testament Exodus 12.14-28 (Passover for future generations)

Psalm 16

New Testament 1 Peter 1.18-23

Gospel Luke 22.14-23

Week 3

Old Testament Exodus 12.29-42 (The Israelites escape)

Psalm 116.1-8

New Testament Acts 2.22-24, 32-36

Gospel Luke 22.24-30

Week 4

Old Testament Exodus 13.17 – 14.12 (Pharaoh pursues the Israelites)

Psalm 3

New Testament Hebrews 11.28, 29

Gospel Luke 22.31-37

Week 5

Old Testament Exodus 14.13-31 (Crossing the Red Sea)

Psalm 115

New Testament 1 Corinthians 10.1-4

Gospel Luke 22.39-46

Week 6

Old Testament Exodus 15.1-21 (The song of the Israelites)

Psalm 9.1-10

New Testament Hebrews 3.1-6

Gospel Luke 22.63-71

11   Ruth

I will sing of the loving-kindness of the Lord;

my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness to every generation.

cf Psalm 89.1

Week 1

Old Testament Ruth 1.1-22 (Ruth returns with Naomi)

Psalm 88.1-11

New Testament Romans 8.28-39

Gospel Mark 3.31-35

Week 2

Old Testament Ruth 2.1-23 (Ruth meets Boaz)

Psalm 23

New Testament Ephesians 2.11-20

Gospel Luke 1.46-55

Week 3

Old Testament Ruth 3.1-18 (Boaz agrees to help)

Psalm 138

New Testament 1 Corinthians 4.1-5

Gospel Matthew 6.25-34

Week 4

Old Testament Ruth 4.1-17 (Ruth and Boaz marry)

Psalm 89.1-4

New Testament James 5.7-11

Gospel John 16.16-24

12   David

I love you, O Lord my strength:

the Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.

cf Psalm 18.1, 2

Week 1

Old Testament 1 Samuel 16.1-13

Psalm 2.6-11

New Testament 2 Timothy 1.3-7

Gospel Mark 1.9-11

Week 2

Old Testament 1 Samuel 17.17-49

Psalm 18.33-39

New Testament Acts 16.22-34

Gospel Matthew 17.18-20

[Week 3]

Old Testament 1 Samuel 17.57 – 18.16

Psalm 23

New Testament 1 Corinthians 1.1-17

Gospel Mark 1.35-38

Week 4

Old Testament 2 Samuel 1.1-27

Psalm 62.1-8

New Testament Romans 7.14-25a

Gospel John 11.32-36

Week 5

Old Testament 2 Samuel 5.1-10

Psalm 48 or 132.13-18

New Testament Revelation 21.1-5

Gospel Luke 13.31-35

Week 6

Old Testament 2 Samuel 7.1-17

Psalm 89.1-4 or 89.29-38

New Testament 2 Corinthians 3.7-18

Gospel Matthew 22.41-46

Week 7

Old Testament 2 Samuel 11.1-15; 12.1-7a

Psalm 51.1-17

New Testament 1 Corinthians 5

Gospel Matthew 5.27-30

[Week 8]

Old Testament 2 Samuel 15.7-22

Psalm 57

New Testament 2 Timothy 4.9-18

Gospel John 11.5-16

13   1 Chronicles

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;

for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

cf 1 Chronicles 29.11

Week 1

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 10.13–11.9

Psalm 89.19-29

New Testament Acts 13.16-23

Gospel Mark 11.1-11

Week 2

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 13.5-12;

Psalm 132.1-9

New Testament 1 Corinthians 11.23-34

Gospel John 4.19-24

15.13-16, 28, 29; 16.1

Week 3

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 17.16-27

Psalm 132.11-18

New Testament Ephesians 1.3-14

Gospel Luke 1.46-55

Week 4

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 21.15-30

Psalm 51.1-12

New Testament Hebrews 9.11-15

Gospel Mark 15.33-39

Week 5

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 28.2-10, 20

Psalm 72.1-7

New Testament 1 Corinthians 3.5-15

Gospel John 15.5-11

Week 6

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 29.10-20

Psalm 96.1-9

New Testament 2 Corinthians 9.6-15

Gospel Matthew 25.14-30

14   2 Chronicles

If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face

I will forgive their sin and heal their land.

cf 2 Chronicles 7.14

Week 1

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 6.12-21

Psalm 143

New Testament 1 Timothy 2.1-8

Gospel Matthew 6.9-13

Week 2

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 9.1-12

Psalm 72.8-19

New Testament Revelation 7.9-17

Gospel Luke 11.29-32

Week 3

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 20.1-12

Psalm 70

New Testament Acts 4.23-31

Gospel Mark 4.35-41

Week 4

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 26.1-5, 16-23

Psalm 18.25-30

New Testament 1 Corinthians 10.1-13

Gospel Mark 9.33-37

Week 5

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 29.1-11, 15

Psalm 24

New Testament Hebrews 10.19-25

Gospel John 2.13-17

Week 6

Old Testament 2 Chronicles 33.1-6, 10-13

Psalm 107.10-16

New Testament 1 Timothy 1.12-17

Gospel Luke 15.1-7

15   Job

Christ himself carried our sins in his body on the cross.

By his wounds we have been healed.

cf 1 Peter 2.24

Week 1

Old Testament Job 2.3-end

Psalm 73.1-20

New Testament Revelation 3.14-22

Gospel John 12.1-11

Week 2

Old Testament Job 4; 6.1-11

Psalm 62

New Testament 2 Corinthians 1.3-11a

Gospel John 11.45-54

Week 3

Old Testament Job 18.1–19.12

Psalm 144.1-10

New Testament 2 Corinthians 12.7-10

Gospel John 14.27-end

Week 4

Old Testament Job 24.19-24; 29.1-8

Psalm 94.1-11

New Testament 1 Peter 4.12-19

Gospel John 15.18-21

Week 5

Old Testament Job 36.22-end; 38.1-13

Psalm 93

New Testament Ephesians 3.16-21

Gospel John 15.1-6

Week 6

Old Testament Job 42.1-10a

Psalm 145.1-13

New Testament 2 Corinthians 7.5-10

Gospel John 16.19-28

16   Isaiah – part 1

Come, O house of Jacob,

let us walk in the light of the Lord.

cf Isaiah 2.5

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 1.1-4, 9-20

Psalm 50.7-15

New Testament Romans 9.27 – 10.4

Gospel Matthew 15.4-11

[Week 2]

Old Testament Isaiah 5.1-10, 18-23

Psalm 80.8-15

New Testament 2 Peter 2.1-10

Gospel Luke 16.10-15

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 6

Psalm 93

New Testament Romans 11.1-10

Gospel John 12.36-41

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 8.9 – 9.7

Psalm 119.81-88

New Testament Ephesians 5.8-14

Gospel Matthew 4.12-17

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 11.1-11

Psalm 72.1-11

New Testament Romans 15.5-13

Gospel John 12.31-33

17   Isaiah – part 2

You shall go out in joy,

and be led forth in peace.

cf Isaiah 55.12

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 40.1-17, 27-end

Psalm 102.12-22

New Testament 1 Peter 1.22 – 2.3

Gospel Mark 1.1-4

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 42.1-12(-17)

Psalm 110

New Testament 1 Peter 2.20-25

Gospel Matthew 12.9-23

[Week 3]

Old Testament Isaiah 43.1-13(-19)

Psalm 111

New Testament 1 Peter 5.6-11

Gospel Luke 24.44-49

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 52

Psalm 122

New Testament 1 Peter 1.8-12

Gospel Mark 1.14-15

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 55

Psalm 21.1-6

New Testament 1 Peter 1.3-7

Gospel John 4.13-15

18   Isaiah – part 3

The spirit of the Lord is upon me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed.

cf Isaiah 61.1

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 56.1-8

Psalm 84

New Testament Hebrews 4.12-16

Gospel Matthew 21.12-16

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 58

Psalm 41.1-4, 11-13

New Testament James 1.22-27

Gospel Matthew 25.34-40

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 60.1-6, 10-end

Psalm 138

New Testament Hebrews 12.18-24

Gospel Matthew 2.1-11

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 61.10 – 62.7

Psalm 45.1-9

New Testament Hebrews 13.11-16

Gospel Matthew 9.35-38

[Week 5]

Old Testament Isaiah 65.17-end

Psalm 45.10-17

New Testament Revelation 21.1-4

Gospel Mark 10.28-31

19   Jeremiah – series A

Sing to the Lord; give praise to the Lord!

He rescues the oppressed from the hands of the wicked.

cf Jeremiah 20.13

Week 1

Old Testament Jeremiah 1

Psalm 119.9-16

New Testament 1 Corinthians 1.26-31

Gospel Matthew 10.16-20

[Week 2]

Old Testament Jeremiah 16.1-18

Psalm 119.33-40

New Testament 1 Peter 4.12-19

Gospel Matthew 19.8-12

Week 3

Old Testament Jeremiah 20.7-18

Psalm 119.25-32

New Testament 1 Timothy 4.9-16

Gospel Mark 10.35-40

[Week 4]

Old Testament Jeremiah 28

Psalm 119.41-48

New Testament 2 John 7-11

Gospel Luke 10.13-16

Week 5

Old Testament Jeremiah 36.1-10, 14-28

Psalm 119.49-56

New Testament 2 Corinthians 2.14-17

Gospel Matthew 5.14-18

Week 6

Old Testament Jeremiah 38.1-23

Psalm 119.17-24

New Testament Romans 2.1-16

Gospel Matthew 10.41-42

20   Jeremiah – series B

Heal us, Lord, and we shall be healed;

save us, and we shall be saved.

cf Jeremiah 17.14

Week 1

Old Testament Jeremiah 2.1-13

Psalm 78.33-40

New Testament Revelation 2.1-7

Gospel Mark 2.18-19

Week 2

Old Testament Jeremiah 8.8 – 9.3

Psalm 19.7-end

New Testament 1 Corinthians 2.20-25

Gospel Matthew 15.12-14

Week 3

Old Testament Jeremiah 18.1-17

Psalm 28.1-5

New Testament Romans 9.14-26

Gospel Matthew 12.33-37

Week 4

Old Testament Jeremiah 23.16-32

Psalm 74.9-12

New Testament 1 John 4.1-6

Gospel John 5.37-44

Week 5

Old Testament Jeremiah 29.1, 4-14

Psalm 137.1-6

New Testament 1 Timothy 2.1-7

Gospel Luke 11.9-13

[Week 6]

Old Testament Jeremiah 31.31-37

Psalm 51.8-13

New Testament Hebrews 10.11-18

Gospel Mark 14.22-25

21   Ezekiel

O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

Then you shall know that the Lord is God.

cf Ezekiel 37.4, 7

Week 1

Old Testament Ezekiel 1.1-4, 22-end

Psalm 29

New Testament Revelation 4.2-11

Gospel John 1.14-18

[Week 2]

Old Testament Ezekiel 8.1-18

Psalm 101

New Testament Revelation 2.18-29

Gospel Mark 9.43-47

Week 3

Old Testament Ezekiel 33.7-20

Psalm 32

New Testament Romans 3.21-26

Gospel Matthew 20.1-16

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 34.1-24

Psalm 23

New Testament 1 Peter 2.18-25

Gospel John 10.11-18

Week 5

Old Testament Ezekiel 36.16-32

Psalm 51.10-14

New Testament Titus 3.3-8

Gospel John 7.37-39

[Week 6]

Old Testament Ezekiel 47.1-12

Psalm 46

New Testament Revelation 22.1-6

Gospel John 17.20-23

22   Daniel

Blessed be the name of God for ever;

wisdom and power belong to him.

cf Daniel 2.20

Week 1

Old Testament Daniel 1.1-20

Psalm 101.1-8

New Testament 1 Timothy 6.11-16

Gospel Matthew 5.13-16

Week 2

Old Testament Daniel 2.1-6, 25-35, 37-47

Psalm 96.1-10

New Testament 1 Corinthians 2.6-10

Gospel Matthew 16.15-18

[Week 3]

Old Testament Daniel 3.3, 8-12, 16-25

Psalm 16

New Testament 2 Timothy 4.1-8

Gospel Luke 12.4-12

Week 4

Old Testament Daniel 5.1, 5-8, 17-30

Psalm 75

New Testament Acts 12.19a-24

Gospel Matthew 6.19-23

Week 5

Old Testament Daniel 6.4-23

Psalm 27.1-8

New Testament Hebrews 11.32-40

Gospel Matthew 5.10-12

23   Visions of Daniel

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive;

O Lord, listen and do not delay.

cf Daniel 9.19

Week 1

Old Testament Daniel 7.2-18

Psalm 80.14-end

New Testament Revelation 1.4-8

Gospel Luke 22.66-70

Week 2

Old Testament Daniel 9.1-7, 17-23(-27)

Psalm 122

New Testament James 4.4-10

Gospel Matthew 24.15-31

Week 3

Old Testament Daniel 10.2-20

Psalm 34.1-9

New Testament Revelation 1.12-18

Gospel John 14.25-31

Week 4

Old Testament Daniel 12

Psalm 44.21-end

New Testament Philippians 2.12-18

Gospel John 16.29-33

24   Hosea

Come, let us return to the Lord;

for he has torn us that he may heal us.

cf Hosea 6.1

Week 1

Old Testament Hosea 1.1 – 2.1

Psalm 95.6-11

New Testament Romans 9.22-28

Gospel Matthew 23.37-39

Week 2

Old Testament Hosea 4.1-14

Psalm 81.10-16

New Testament Romans 1.18-23

Gospel Luke 6.43-45

Week 3

Old Testament Hosea 5.13 – 6.6

Psalm 80.1-7

New Testament Romans 13.10-14

Gospel Matthew 11.25-30

[Week 4]

Old Testament Hosea 8

Psalm 115.2-8

New Testament Romans 3.9-20

Gospel Mark 12.1-9

Week 5

Old Testament Hosea 11.1-11

Psalm 81.1-9

New Testament Romans 11.25-32

Gospel John 13.1-9

[Week 6]

Old Testament Hosea 14

Psalm 37.27-35

New Testament Romans 12.1-2

Gospel Luke 15.3-7

25   Amos

Let justice roll down like a river;

let righteousness flow like a stream.

cf Amos 5.24

Week 1

Old Testament Amos 1.1-10

Psalm 82

New Testament 2 Thessalonians 1.5-10

Gospel Luke 4.22-28

Week 2

Old Testament Amos 2.1 – 3.2

Psalm 10

New Testament 1 Peter 4.12-19

Gospel Luke 19.1-10

Week 3

Old Testament Amos 4.1-13

Psalm 123

New Testament 1 Timothy 5.3-10

Gospel Luke 8.1-3

Week 4

Old Testament Amos 6.1-12

Psalm 49

New Testament Revelation 3.14-22

Gospel Luke 6.20-26

Week 5

Old Testament Amos 7.(1-9) 10-17

Psalm 52

New Testament Acts 13.4-12

Gospel Luke 13.31-35

[Week 6]

Old Testament Amos 8.1-12

Psalm 119.25-32

New Testament Revelation 20.11-15

Gospel Luke 16.19-31

26   Jonah

As Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineveh,

so will the Son of Man be to this generation.

cf Luke 11.30

Week 1

Old Testament Jonah 1 (Jonah runs away)

Psalm 139.1-11 or Jonah 2.2-9

New Testament 1 Timothy 1.15-20

Gospel Luke 9.7-62

Week 2

Old Testament Jonah 2.10 – 3.10 (Jonah’s preaching in Nineveh)

Psalm 2.6-11

New Testament Ephesians 2.1-10

Gospel Luke 11.29-32

Week 3

Old Testament Jonah 4 (Jonah sulks)

Psalm 8

New Testament Colossians 4.2-6

Gospel Matthew 9.10-13

27   Habakkuk

The Lord is in his holy temple;

let all the earth be silent before him.

cf Habakkuk 2.20

Week 1

Old Testament Habakkuk 1.1 – 2.1

Psalm 6

New Testament Jude 17-25

Gospel Mark 13.28-37

Week 2

Old Testament Habakkuk 2.2-20

Psalm 7.1-10

New Testament 2 Timothy 3.1-9

Gospel Luke 12.13-21

Week 3

Old Testament Habakkuk 3.1-19a

Psalm 9.1-10

New Testament Revelation 1.12-19

Gospel John 1.14-18

28   Haggai

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

cf Psalm 46.7

Week 1

Old Testament Haggai 1.1-15

Psalm 132.1-10

New Testament Revelation 2.1-7

Gospel Matthew 6.25-34

Week 2

Old Testament Haggai 2.1-9

Psalm 46.4-11

New Testament 2 Corinthians 3.7-18

Gospel John 2.13-22

Week 3

Old Testament Haggai 2.10-19

Psalm 85.1-7

New Testament Titus 1.10 - 2.1

Gospel Matthew 6.19-24

Week 4

Old Testament Haggai 2.20-23

Psalm 97.1-6

New Testament Hebrews 12.25-29

Gospel Mark 13.24-31

29   Malachi

God’s saving power will rise like the sun.

He will bring healing like the sun’s rays.

cf Malachi 4.2

Week 1

Old Testament Malachi 1.1-14

Psalm 75

New Testament 1 Corinthians 11.17-34

Gospel Luke 18.9-14

Week 2

Old Testament Malachi 2.1-16

Psalm 25.1-9

New Testament 2 Timothy 3.10 - 4.5

Gospel John 5.39-47

Week 3

Old Testament Malachi 2.17 – 3.12

Psalm 65

New Testament 1 Corinthians 3.10-21

Gospel Matthew 3.1-12

Week 4

Old Testament Malachi 3.13 – 4.6

Psalm 66

New Testament Romans 1.18-32

Gospel Matthew 11.2-15

30   People Jesus met

For there is no distinction; the same Lord is Lord of all and generous to all who call on him.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

cf Romans 10.13

Week 1

Old Testament Numbers 21.4-9

Psalm 1

New Testament 1 Corinthians 2.11-16

Gospel John 3.1-15 (Nicodemus)

Week 2

Old Testament Amos 8.11-13

Psalm 65

New Testament Revelation 22.1,2

Gospel John 4.5-26(-34) (The Samaritan woman)

Week 3

Old Testament Hosea 2.19-end

Psalm 103.6-18

New Testament James 2.1-4

Gospel Luke 7.36-50 (Simon the Pharisee)

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 3.1-3

Psalm 84

New Testament 2 Timothy 3.14-end

Gospel Luke 10.38-42 (Martha and Mary)

Week 5

Old Testament Jonah 2.2-9

Psalm 41

New Testament James 5.13-15

Gospel John 5.1-18 (The man at the pool)

Week 6

Old Testament Leviticus 24.10-16

Psalm 2

New Testament 1 Corinthians 1.18-25

Gospel John 18.28 – 19.11 (Pilate)

Week [7]

Old Testament Joshua 24.14-18

Psalm 22.1-8

New Testament Revelation 21.1-8

Gospel Luke 23.32-43 (The two criminals)

31   Time for a feast

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed are those who trust in him.

cf Psalm 34.8

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 55.1,2,10,11

Psalm 49

New Testament Romans 5.6-11

Gospel Luke 5.27-32(-35) (Matthew holds a party)

Week 2

Old Testament Exodus 16.12-18

Psalm 104.26-32

New Testament 2 Corinthians 9.6-10

Gospel Luke 9.10-17 (Feeding of the 5000)

Week 3

Old Testament Proverbs 25.6,7

Psalm 113

New Testament 1 Peter 5.5-7

Gospel Luke 14.1-14 (Dinner at a Pharisee’s house)

Week 4

Old Testament Proverbs 9.1-6

Psalm 23

New Testament Philippians 3.18-end

Gospel Luke 14.15-24 (God’s great feast)

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 3.2-6

Psalm 32.1-8

New Testament Acts 16.25-34

Gospel Luke 19.1-10 (Tea with Zaccheus)

Week 6

Old Testament Exodus 12.21-28

Psalm 69.13-23

New Testament 1 Corinthians 10.16,17

Gospel Luke 22.7-20 (The last supper)

32   Five parables from Matthew

O Lord, your word is everlasting;

it stands firm for ever in the heavens.

cf Psalm 119.89

Week 1

Old Testament 2 Samuel 22.2-7

Psalm 127

New Testament 1 Peter 2.4-8

Gospel Matthew 7.24-27 (Two house-builders)

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 5.1-7

Psalm 119.33-40

New Testament Galatians 5.22-23; 6.7-10

Gospel Matthew 13.1-9 (The sower)

Week 3

Old Testament Genesis 41.46-57

Psalm 145.8-13

New Testament 1 Peter 4.7-11

Gospel Matthew 25.14-30 (The talents)

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 34.1-6,11-16

Psalm 23

New Testament 1 Peter 2.21-25

Gospel Matthew 18.10-14 (The lost sheep)

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 55.1-7

Psalm 37.1-9

New Testament Ephesians 2.4-9

Gospel Matthew 20.1-16 (The labourers in the vineyard)

33   Five parables from Luke

O Lord, your word is everlasting;

it stands firm for ever in the heavens.

cf Psalm 119.89

Week 1

Old Testament Leviticus 19.9-18

Psalm 25.1-10

New Testament 1 John 3.13-18

Gospel Luke 10.25-37 (The good Samaritan)

Week 2

Old Testament Jeremiah 31.31-34

Psalm 51.1-11

New Testament Romans 8.12-17

Gospel Luke 15.11-32 (The prodigal son)

Week 3

Old Testament Ecclesiastes 5.10-15

Psalm 49.1-12

New Testament James 4.13 – 5.6

Gospel Luke 12.13-21 (The rich fool)

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 58.1-11

Psalm 112.1-9

New Testament 1 Corinthians 1.26-31

Gospel Luke 18.9-14 (The Pharisee and the tax collector)

Week 5

Old Testament Exodus 19.1-8

Psalm 150

New Testament Revelation 19.5-9

Gospel Luke 14.15-24 (The great banquet)

34   Eight miracles of Jesus

The Lord heals the brokenhearted;

he binds up all their wounds.

cf Psalm 147.3

Week 1

Old Testament Judges 15.9-17

Psalm 147.1-11

New Testament Acts 19.11-20

Gospel Matthew 12.22-37 (Casting out an evil spirit)

Week 2

Old Testament 2 Kings 5.8-15a

Psalm 103.1-12

New Testament 1 John 1.5 – 2.2

Gospel Mark 2.1-12 (Healing a paralysed man)

Week 3

Old Testament 2 Kings 4.27-37

Psalm 73.21-28

New Testament Acts 14.19-23

Gospel Luke 7.11-17 (Raising the widow’s son)

Week 4

Old Testament Exodus 17.1-17

Psalm 67

New Testament 1 John 5.13-15

Gospel John 2.1-11 (Turning water into wine)

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 55.8-13

Psalm 63.1-8

New Testament Galatians 3.26-29

Gospel Matthew 8.5-13 (Healing the centurion’s servant)

Week 6

Old Testament Isaiah 43.1-17

Psalm 107.23-32 Colossians 1.15-20

Gospel Mark 6.45-52 (Jesus walks on the lake)

Week 7

Old Testament 1 Samuel 17.41-50

Psalm 107.10-16

New Testament Revelation 4.6b-11

Gospel Luke 8.26-39 (Freeing a man with many evil spirits)

Week 8

Old Testament Isaiah 35

Psalm 25.1-6

New Testament 1 John 1.5-10

Gospel John 9.1-12, 35-41 (Healing a blind man)

35   The road to Emmaus

Why look for the living among the dead?

Christ is not among the dead: he has risen. Alleluia.

cf Luke 24.5

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 42.5-8

Psalm 62

New Testament Acts 13.16-30

Gospel Luke 24.13-24

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 43.1-7

Psalm 2

New Testament Acts 8.26-37

Gospel Luke 24.25-27

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 63.7-9

Psalm 92.1-5

New Testament 2 Timothy 3.14-17

Gospel Luke 24.28-35

36   Romans – part 1

I am not ashamed of the gospel;

it is the power of God for salvation.

cf Romans 1.16

Week 1

Old Testament Habakkuk 2.1-4a

Psalm 106.20-24

New Testament Romans 1.13-25; 2.12-16

Gospel Matthew 3.4-12

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 59.1-8

Psalm 72.1-7

New Testament Romans 3.9-end

Gospel Mark 10.17-21

Week 3

Old Testament Job 8.20 – 9.13

Psalm 103.8-14

New Testament Romans 5.1-17

Gospel Mark 10.42-45

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 36.24-29a

Psalm 32

New Testament Romans 6.1-4, 12-end

Gospel John 8.2-11

Week [5]

Old Testament Isaiah 44.1-5

Psalm 98

New Testament Romans 8.1-4, 9-11, 18-27

Gospel Matthew 19.23-29

Week [6]

Old Testament Deuteronomy 7.7-11

Psalm 84

New Testament Romans 8.28-end

Gospel John 10.27-29

37   Romans – part 2

The same Lord is lord of all;

he bestows his riches on all who call upon him.

cf Romans 10.12

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 59.19-21

Psalm 107.1-9

New Testament Romans 11.1-6, 11-24

Gospel Matthew 15.21-28

Week 2

Old Testament Proverbs 3.5-12

Psalm 116.1-9

New Testament Romans 12

Gospel Luke 6.27-36

[Week 3]

Old Testament Leviticus 19.1, 2, 9-18

Psalm 94.14-23

New Testament Romans 13

Gospel Luke 20.19-25

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 34.11-16

Psalm 133

New Testament Romans 14.1-6, 13-23

Gospel Matthew 7.1-5

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 49.5-6

Psalm 117

New Testament Romans 15.7-21

Gospel John 17.20-23

38   The Church in the world: 1 Corinthians 1 to 13

The message of the cross is a stumbling block to some;

we proclaim it as the power and wisdom of God.

cf 1 Corinthians 1.23-25

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 29.13-16

Psalm 111

New Testament 1 Corinthians 1.18 – 2.5

Gospel Matthew 11.25-30

Week 2

Old Testament 1 Kings 8.22-27

Psalm 27.1-8

New Testament 1 Corinthians 3.1-17

Gospel John 2.13-22

Week 3

Old Testament Hosea 2.16-20

Psalm 128

New Testament 1 Corinthians 7.1-20

Gospel Matthew 19.1-12

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 49.1-6

Psalm 34.1-10

New Testament 1 Corinthians 9.13-27

Gospel John 4.5-9, 27-42

Week 5

Old Testament Isaiah 1.10-20

Psalm 133

New Testament 1 Corinthians 11.17-34

Gospel Luke 22.14-27

Week 6

Old Testament Jeremiah 31.1-6

Psalm 31.14-24

New Testament 1 Corinthians 13

Gospel John 15.9-17

39   Christ’s resurrection and ours: 1 Corinthians 15

Christ has been raised from the dead,

the first fruits of those who have died.

cf 1 Corinthians 15.20

Week 1

Old Testament Daniel 7.7-14

Psalm 16

New Testament 1 Corinthians 15.1-11

Gospel Luke 24.36-49

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 40.25-31

Psalm 81

New Testament 1 Corinthians 15.12-20

Gospel John 20.24-31

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 45.18-25

Psalm 98

New Testament 1 Corinthians 15.20-34

Gospel Mark 13.24-37

Week 4

Old Testament 2 Samuel 12.15-23

Psalm 73.21-28

New Testament 1 Corinthians 15.35-49

Gospel Mark 12.18-27

Week 5

Old Testament 1 Chronicles 29.10-20

Psalm 150

New Testament 1 Corinthians 15.50-58

Gospel Matthew 28.16-20

40   Ephesians

Once we were darkness;

but now in the Lord we are light.

cf Ephesians 5.8

Week 1

Old Testament Exodus 19.1-6

Psalm 145.1-9

New Testament Ephesians 1.1-14 (15-23)

Gospel John 1.14-16

Week 2

Old Testament Deuteronomy 4.25-31

Psalm 116.1-9

New Testament Ephesians 2.1-10

Gospel Luke 23.39-43

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 65.1-5

Psalm 87

New Testament Ephesians 2.11-22; 3.8-13

Gospel Matthew 28.16-end

[Week 4]

Old Testament Deuteronomy 6.1-5

Psalm 133

New Testament Ephesians 4.1-16

Gospel Matthew 16.13-18

Week 5

Old Testament Deuteronomy 10.12-21

Psalm 5.1-7

New Testament Ephesians 4.22 – 5.14

Gospel Matthew 6.19-23

[Week 6]

Old Testament Isaiah 59.16b-19

Psalm 44.5-9

New Testament Ephesians 6.10-20

Gospel Luke 10.17-20

41   1 Thessalonians

This is the will of God for us, in Christ Jesus:

rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.

cf 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 62.1-5

Psalm 115.1-8

New Testament 1 Thessalonians 1

Gospel Matthew 13.45-46

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 55.9-13

Psalm 34.11-end

New Testament 1 Thessalonians 2.1-13

Gospel Matthew 23.1-12

[Week 3]

Old Testament Isaiah 8.11-18

Psalm 15

New Testament 1 Thessalonians 3.12 – 4.12

Gospel Luke 19.11-27

Week 4

Old Testament Isaiah 64.1-7

Psalm 98

New Testament 1 Thessalonians 4.13 – 5.11

Gospel John 3.17-21

[Week 5]

Old Testament Proverbs 3.1-6

Psalm 105.1-8

New Testament 1 Thessalonians 5.12-end

Gospel John 17.11-18

42   2 Thessalonians

May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort our hearts;

may he strengthen us in every good work and word.

cf 2 Thessalonians 2.16, 17

Week 1

Old Testament Isaiah 24.1-5

Psalm 95

New Testament 2 Thessalonians 1

Gospel Matthew 22.1-14

Week 2

Old Testament Isaiah 24.20-23

Psalm 97

New Testament 2 Thessalonians 2.1-15

Gospel Matthew 24.23-27

Week 3

Old Testament Isaiah 26.1-7

Psalm 98

New Testament 2 Thessalonians 3

Gospel Mark 4.2-9

43   Hebrews

Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness;

there we receive mercy and grace in our time of need.

cf Hebrews 4.16

Week 1

Old Testament 1 Kings 19.9b-12

Psalm 45.1-7

New Testament Hebrews 1.1 – 2.4

Gospel John 17.1-5

Week 2

Old Testament Ecclesiastes 9.1-6

Psalm 8

New Testament Hebrews 2.5-18

Gospel Mark 3.31-34

Week 3

Old Testament Numbers 12.1-9

Psalm 95

New Testament Hebrews 3.1-14

Gospel Matthew 17.1-8

Week 4

Old Testament Genesis 1.31 – 2.3

Psalm 33.8-17

New Testament Hebrews 4.1-13

Gospel Matthew 10.24-31

Week 5

Old Testament Genesis 14.17-20

Psalm 130

New Testament Hebrews 4.14 – 5.10

Gospel Luke 22.39-46

Week 6

Old Testament Jeremiah 31.31-34

Psalm 40.1-10

New Testament Hebrews 9.1-5, 11-15

Gospel Mark 10.35-45

Week 7

Old Testament Acts 5.1-11

Psalm 95

New Testament Hebrews 10.19-31

Gospel Luke 12.35-40

Week 8

Old Testament Philippians 3.7-16

Psalm 119.65-72

New Testament Hebrews 12.1-11

Gospel Mark 9.2-13

44   1 John

God is light;

in him is no darkness at all.

cf 1 John 1.5

Week 1

Old Testament Deuteronomy 30.11-20

Psalm 36

New Testament 1 John 1.1 – 2.6

Gospel John 3.19-21

Week 2

Old Testament Jeremiah 8.8-12

Psalm 1

New Testament 1 John 2.18 – 3.3

Gospel John 1.9-13

Week 3

Old Testament Jeremiah 31.31-37

Psalm 43

New Testament 1 John 3.4-10; 3.19 – 4.6

Gospel John 8.42-47

Week 4

Old Testament Song of Solomon 2.8-13

Psalm 67

New Testament 1 John 4.7 – 5.5

Gospel John 1.14-18

[Week 5]

Old Testament Deuteronomy 6.1-12

Psalm 2.6-end

New Testament 1 John 5.6-end

Gospel John 16.7-15

45   Revelation – series A

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy;

and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart.

cf Revelation 1.3

Week 1

Old Testament Daniel 10:4-19

Psalm 45.1-9

New Testament Revelation 1.4-end

Gospel Matthew 17.1-8

Week 2

Old Testament Joshua 24.14-24

Psalm 7.9-end

New Testament Revelation 3

Gospel Matthew 16.15-18

Week 3

Old Testament Job 1.1-12

Psalm 47

New Testament Revelation 12

Gospel John 12.31-36

Week 4

Old Testament Ezekiel 42.15 – 43.7

Psalm 45.10-17

New Testament Revelation 21.1-14

Gospel John 6.35-40

46   Revelation – series B

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty;

who was, and is, and is to come.

cf Revelation 4.8

Week 1

Old Testament Daniel 7.1-10

Psalm 118.19-26

New Testament Revelation 4.1-2; 5

Gospel John 1.25-29

Week 2

Old Testament Amos 4.6-13

Psalm 44.19-27

New Testament Revelation 6

Gospel Mark 13.5-13

Week 3

Old Testament 2 Kings 19.20-28

Psalm 52

New Testament Revelation 13

Gospel John 15.19-25

Week 4

Old Testament Zephaniah 3.9-20

Psalm 49.12-21

New Testament Revelation 18.21 – 19.9

Gospel Luke 6.20-26

Week 5

Old Testament Ezekiel 48.30-35

Psalm 66.1-8

New Testament Revelation 21.10-14; 21.22 – 22.5

Gospel Matthew 25.1-13