What's ahead in the Bible readings for this week?
The time between Pentecost and Advent has a variety of names, depending on tradition. Some denominations (and our website) refer to it as Ordinary Time. Others refer to it as Kingdomtide. Still others use the descriptive "Season After Pentecost." Whatever your church or denomination calls this time, if the Revised Common Lectionary is being followed, the Sunday New Testament readings are the same. However, there are two different series of Hebrew Scriptures and Psalms, one called the complementary series (which has readings intended to complement the Sunday lessons) and the other semi-continuous, which aims illuminate the Bible as a whole. Most denominations allow pastors to choose readings from either series. More information about the two series is here: Which Series?
The chart shows how we designate the church seasons.
Thursday: Preparation for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 18:12-17 God says, "My people have forgotten me."
Semi-continuous: Exodus 12:43-49 The Passover Ordinance
Both: Hebrews 2:5-9 Jesus was for a little while lower than the angels, that through his suffering and death he might taste death for everyone.
Friday: Preparation for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 18:18-23 Jeremiah curses his enemies
Semi-continuous: Genesis 35:1-4 God sends Jacob to Bethel.
Both: Acts 5:17-26 The apostles, imprisoned by the high priest, are liberated by an angel and sent to tell the people the whole message about this life.
Saturday: Preparation for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 20:1-6 God will give Judah to the king of Babylon.
Semi-continuous: Ezekiel 29:3-7 God is against Pharaoh, king of Egypt
Both: Luke 11:53-12:3 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing that is secret will not become known.
The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 20:7-13 Whenever I speak, I must shout violence and destruction.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 21:8-21 Hagar and Ishmael and an angel of the Lord.
Romans 6: 1b-11 If we have been united to Christ in a death like his, surely we will be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Matthew 10:24-39 Jesus continues to instruct the disciples before sending them out.
Monday: Reflection on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Micah 7:1-7 The faithful have disappeared from the land, but I will look for God.
Semi-continuous Genesis 16: 1-15 Sarai was childless, so she had Abram conceive by her slave Hagar.
Both: Revelation 2:1-8 Remember from what you have fallen, repent, and do the works you did at first.
Tuesday: Reflection on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 26:1-12 Jeremiah declares that God sent him to prophesy against Jerusalem.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 25:12-18 The descendants of Ishmael
Both: Revelation 2:8-11 Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.
Wednesday: Reflection on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 38:1-13 Jeremiah is rescued from a cistern
Semi-continuous: Jeremiah 42: 18-22 Warning about Egypt
Both: Matthew 10:5-23 Jesus instructs the apostles.
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Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.
Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.
Image credit: Church Year By Creative Carol via Flickr, modified by Michael Gilbertson so that Advent is at 12 o'clock and the seasons reflect those used by The Lectionary Company.
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