Monthly Readings

Monthly Readings

April 2019 Readings

Sunday April 7 – Lent 5

Narrative: The Lord our God makes all things new.  In the first reading, God promises it.  In the gospel Mary anticipates it, anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume in preparation for the day of his burial.  In the second reading we recall the transformation of Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle.  In baptism, God’s new person (you!) rises daily from the deadly mire of trespasses and sins.

Readings

  • Isaiah 43:16-21
  • Psalm 126
  • Philippians 3:4b-14
  • John 12:1-8

Sunday April 14 – Palm Sunday

Narrative: The voice of the suffering savior, Jesus, can be heard in the prophet Isaiah’s words and the pleading of the psalm.  We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion.  In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own.  Lent leads us to this holy moment.  Embrace it.

Readings

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31:9-16
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Luke 22:14-23:56

Sunday April 21 – Easter Sunday 

Narrative: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree.”  Alleluia!  God allows Jesus to appear “to us who where chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ.  Alleluia!

Readings

  • Acts 10:34-43
  • Psalm 118
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
  • John 20:1-18

Sunday April 28  – Easter 2 

Narrative: In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe.  Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks).  Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death.  Because it is hard to believe, the Lord Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of the holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.

Readings

  • Acts 5:27-32
  • Psalm 118:14-29
  • Revelation 1:4-8
  • John 20:19-31

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Sunday May 5 – Easter 3

Narrative: The disciples make a big splash and breakfast with the risen Jesus in the gospel.  Wading in the water (remembering our baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating the holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ.  Jesus asks us, with Peter, again and again; Do you love me?  And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him bringing the Easter life to others.  Today is also the day our Confirmands will share their Memory Work presentation.

Readings

  • Acts 9:1-6
  • Psalm 30
  • Revelation 5:11-14
  • John 21:1-19

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Sunday May 12 – Easter 4

Narrative: The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ.  It is the promise of Jesus.  It was true for Dorcas in Joppa.  It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision.  It is true for us and for all the baptized:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Today is Confirmation Sunday at Bethlehem as we celebrate with Layne Neff and Micah Spring.

Readings

  • Acts 9:36-43
  • Psalm 23
  • Revelation 7:9-17
  • John 10:22-30

Sunday May 19 – Easter 5

Narrative: Easter initiates a new day.  It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth.  The risen Lord is making all things new.  In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us.  Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light – through the lens of love.

Readings

  • Acts 11:1-18
  • Psalm 148
  • Revelation 21:1-6
  • John 13:31-35

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Sunday May 26 – Easter 6

Narrative: Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter.  Paul has a vision about what to do.  John has a vision of what will be.  The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination.

Readings

  • Isaiah 55:1-9
  • Psalm 63:1-8
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
  • Luke 13:1-9

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